Esther S. Mackowiak of Dunkirk died Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 28, 2011) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.
She was born Feb. 11, 1920 in Dunkirk, daughter of the late John and Catherine (Halasinski) Cieplinski.
Mrs. Mackowiak was a retired employee of the State University of New York at Fredonia, the former Margaret Anthony Nursing Home and the former Van Raalte Corporation.
Esther S. Mackowiak
She also was the co-owner of lady attendant of the former John A. Mackowiak
Funeral Home with her late husband.
Her memberships included Blessed Mary Angela Parish Church of St. Hyacinth, the parish Holy Rosary Society, the St. Hyacinth's Breakfast Club,
Kosciuszko Club, AARP Chapter #299 of Chautauqua, past member of the former St. Hyacinth's Parents Club, the former Bishop's Committee of St.
Hyacinth's, Dom Polski Club, Ladies Auxiliary of WWII Vets and Hose Co. #3 Auxiliary.
Family was very important to Esther and she enjoyed traveling on pilgrimages.
Surviving are her children, Helene (Daniel) Soborowski of Cheektowaga, John (Valerie) Mackowiak, Michael (Cynthia) Mackowiak, Anthony (Gretchen) Mackowiak, all of Dunkirk; grandchildren Sheryl (John) Mann, David Soborowski,Jillian (Seamus O'Keefe) Mackowiak, Katrina (Michael) Mackowiak -Cox, John, Bridget Mackowiak, Kim, Brian Mackowiak; great grandson Jonah; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Leonard F. Mackowiak, whom she married June 30, 1941 and who died Feb. 7, 1993; sisters Irene Kubera and Florence Young; and brother Leo Cieplinski.
Relatives and friends are welcome to call at the R. Mackowiak Funeral Home Inc., 56 East Doughty Street in Dunkirk on Saturday evening from 7-9
and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning at 10:30 at Blessed Mary Angela Parish Church of
St. Hyacinth. Interment will be in St. Hyacinth's Cemetery. The Holy Rosary Society of Blessed Mary Angela Parish will recite the Rosary Sunday evening at 6:30. Memorials in Esther's memory can be made to the Auxiliary at the Chautauqua County Home, Hospice of Chautauqua County or a charity of one's choice.