Sept. 1, 1934 – Nov. 14, 2019
Charlotte E. Jurek, a leader in senior citizen programs in Amherst and Williamsville, died Nov. 14 in Elderwood at Williamsville. She was 85.
Born Charlotte Elizabeth Klein in Williamsville, she attended SS. Peter and Paul School. After graduating from St. John Neumann High School, she trained as a beautician at Doyle Beauty School in Buffalo.
She married Julius V. “Jerry” Jurek, an Air Force maintenance technician and flight engineer, in 1953 and was stationed with him at Air Force bases for 30 years. She was active with military wives groups, base youth groups, chapel programs and charitable causes.
She became a lifetime trustee on the International Board of the Air Force Sergeants Association and testified several times before congressional committees on legislation affecting military families.
After her husband retired from the Air Force in 1983, the Jureks returned to Williamsville with their three youngest children.
Mrs. Jurek was appointed director of the Williamsville Evergreen Senior Citizen Program in 1984 and served for 20 years. She also was a member of the Town of Amherst Senior Citizen Committee.
She became active in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic minister and a member of St. Ann’s Sodality, the Rosary Makers and the Bereavement Committee.
She also was a member of the Williamsville Home Bureau and was an election poll inspector.
An avid traveler, she organized many trips for senior citizens to destinations across the U.S. and Canada.
She and her husband also maintained a summer cottage in Harlowe, Ont.
Her husband, who became a vice president and general manager with the private security firm Doyle Group after retiring from the Air Force, died in 2013.
Survivors include two sons, Russell and Thomas; five daughters, Jacqueline Smith, Vickie Lynn Servais, Julianne Jackson, Brenda Wilkerson and Elizabeth Filipiak; a brother, William Klein; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville.