Aug. 20, 1923 – Sept. 21, 2015
Sophie Debski, a native of Poland who lived in Buffalo for many years, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a long illness. She was 92.
She was born in in Stanislawow, Poland, and during World War II, her farming family endured much suffering – including the death of her father, with her mother sent to Siberia for five years to work in a mine, her family said.
She attended a boarding school in Poland. After the war, she worked in Germany as an assistant to an official, helping translate paperwork in several languages.
In May 1946, Mrs. Debski left for the United States on a ship and, after landing in New York City, came to Buffalo.
She lived in the Buffalo area for 30 years, until the mid-1970s, in Black Rock, Kenmore and the Cleveland Hill area.
She moved to Pennsylvania for a short time, and then moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she ran a business – Black Arrow Traders Native American Jewelry shop – and worked until her early 80s.
Five years ago, she returned to the Buffalo area. For the past few years, she lived in Northgate, a residence in North Tonawanda.
A Catholic, Mrs. Debski enjoyed gardening, and also was known for her cooking, including stuffed cabbage. She also enjoyed making wine and canning.
Survivors include two daughters, Christine Kawalec and Catherine Bevan.
A memorial service will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Forest Lawn chapel, with the funeral following.