Theresa Marie Woloszyn

Theresa Woloszyn

Theresa (Tessie) Marie Woloszyn, age 71 of Dunkirk passed away on October 3rd, 2019 at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Tessie was born on September 29, 1948 in Dunkirk and was the daughter of the late Michael and Sally (Pokoj) Woloszyn.

Tessie was a lifelong resident who as an adult participated at the Resource Center and in Special Olympics. She was a resident in the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services office local group homes.

Tessie taught us all unconditional love and the sheer joy in just being with each other! She never wanted anything from you except to play with you, watch tv with you, just be with you. She had the most contagious laugh. Her happiness just made us feel happy.

Tessie loved riding her special bicycle, going to community activities always waving at everyone, and especially loved her coffee, petting dogs, and holding babies.

She is survived by her loving sisters, Christine Matyjakowski of Rochester, New York and Betty (Richard) Woloszyn Woolslayer of San Luis Obispo, CA. In addition, her nephews and nieces: Mark (Kelly) Matyjakowski, Craig Matyjakowski, Debra (John) Catalano, Alicia Woolslayer, Michael (Lisa) Woolslayer, Rachel Woolslayer and six great nieces and nephews. Also survived by three Aunts: Audrey Woloszyn, Delfine Woloszyn and Margaret Pokoj and many caring cousins.

Many thanks to the staffs that cared for Tessie over the years and to her cousin, Jeanette Krupa Jesse for all her kindness and care.

To honor Tessie’s life, we ask you to share warm smiles with whoever you meet and just enjoy being where you are and who you are with.

If desired, Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, the Dunkirk Public Library or a charity of your choice.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Monday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Hedwig’s Cemetery.