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PIETAK, Emily M.
Pietak - Emily M. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on August 25, 2018, for Emily M. Pietak, a lifelong resident of Niagara Falls, retired office manager, and former tour director who passed away August 19, 2018. Mrs. Pietak graduated from Niagara Falls High School at 16 and continued her education in Labor Management and Public Relations while beginning her administrative career at the former Moore Business Forms.
She married the late Benjamin Pietak, a Prudential agent and SBLI consultant, in 1950. She later worked for the Cataract Glass Company for 20 years where, as Office Manager, she secured multiple significant contracts including the City of Niagara Falls and the University at Buffalo. She was known as having been a pioneer for women in business in a male dominated industry. After retiring, she began a travel group at St. Raphael Parish (formerly St. Teresa), and for 18 years was their tour director, organizing trips to theaters and destinations throughout the US including Alaska and Hawaii.
A gourmet cook, Mrs. Pietak enjoyed entertaining at home and at her cottage in Long Beach, Ontario. Known for her selfless nature, she was a longtime volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Women's Auxiliary. She was an active member of St. Raphael Parish and their Women's Guild, the Echo Society, and was a charter member of the organization now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She enjoyed playing bridge with nearly the same group of women for almost 50 years. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Kathylynn Pietak (Dr. Eric Southard), her son Dennis (Michelle), 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.