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DOWSKI, Lee (Hill)

DOWSKI, Lee (Hill)

DOWSKI - Lee (nee Hill) Passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Lee was born in Oshweken, Ontario on the Six Nations Reserve, a member of the Mohawk tribe and Bear Clan. She grew up in Fort Erie, Ontario, graduated from Hamilton Teachers College and taught 5th-6th grade for two years at Black Creek School in Fort Erie. In 1963 Lee moved to the United States and substitute taught at the Cleveland Hill schools while she pursued her New York State certification. When fully certified she taught at Lewiston Porter before joining the faculty of Allendale Elementary in the West Seneca district as a reading speciality - a position she held for 28 years. Once retired, she joined her husband Dr. Hank Dowski as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Elementary Education & Reading at Buffalo State College. Together, for six years, Lee and Hank conducted the Brain Compatible Program (BCP) within selected Buffalo Schools. The program was a NYS funded activity intended to assist Buffalo teachers and their aides in using brain compatible approaches in their Language Arts instruction. While in the program each teacher received a specially trained Buffalo State College tutor to assist their instructional effort. The Buffalo Schools included # 19, 54, 78, 82, Makowski, and Science Magnet. Hundreds of teachers and teacher aides, representing thousands of students, benefited from this instruction. NYS evaluators spoke highly of this and its educational benefits for all concerned. Lee is survived by her husband, Hank; two sons, Steven Wodowski and Craig Dowski; brothers Ronald Hill (Lucy), Calvin Hill (Celine), Wayne Hill (Darleen) and sisters Cheryl Philps (Alec) and Wendy Arthurs (Stephen). She is predeceased by parents Franklin D. Hill and Edna (Abar) Hill, brother Robert Hill and sister Bonnie Hubbard (Donald). Her "Bonus Family" as she lovingly spoke of them includes David and Meijia (Wang) Dowski and daughter Alison; Paul and Sue (Dowski) Winnie; Tim and Cindy (Dowski) Mt. Pleasant, sons Drew and Kyle and daughter Cierra; Kathy (Dowski) McDonnell and daughters Caitlin and Meghan; Mary Dowski; predeceased by Michael H. Dowski. Private services have been held. Please share your condolences at

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