June 26, 1924 – Sept. 27, 2016
Glorianna Szeglowski, who for decades owned and operated a popular grocery store on the East Side, died Tuesday in her West Seneca home after a short illness. She was 92.
The former Glorianna Hopcus was born in Buffalo and attended Buffalo Public Elementary School 24. She was a graduate of Villa Maria High School and studied for a year to be a nurse at Buffalo General School of Nursing. She was a resident of West Seneca since 1954.
Known as Gloria, she and her husband, Bruno, or “Brownie” as he was called, operated the Super Saver Market at 1492 Broadway, a store Bruno’s parents opened in 1917. Mrs. Szeglowski worked seven days a week for many years and was a fixture in the neighborhood. She connected easily with people in English and in Polish and often was asked to dispense advice in Ann Landers fashion for inquiring customers wrestling with a concern. She also was known to help regular customers who had fallen on hard times by providing free food or extending credit lines until they could afford to pay. After her husband’s death in 1988, Mrs. Szeglowski sold the store, which remains in operation today.
In her free time, Mrs. Szeglowski enjoyed competitive ballroom dancing. She and her husband of 42 years met at a dance, and they danced together for many years, winning competitions throughout the region and in Canada. Mrs. Szeglowski also taught ballroom dancing for several years. She was active in the Chopin Singing Society and the Villa Maria Alumni Association. The Chopin Singing Society named her “Mother of the Year” in 2014 and the Alumni Association designated her “Woman of the Year” in 2006.
Mrs. Szeglowski is survived by a daughter, Donna Marconi of Kenmore; a son, Daniel of Lakeview; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Prayers will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Boulevard, Depew, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. John Kanty Church, Broadway and Swinburne Street, Buffalo