Irene A. Rozumalski

Irene A. Rozumalski

Irene A. Rozumalski of Dunkirk, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday morning (July 4, 2020) with her loving family by her side.

She was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Sheridan, the daughter of the late John and Sophia (Jurczyk) Kulpa.

A lifelong resident of the area, Irene was employed at M. Wile & Co. in Dunkirk. She was an active member of Blessed Mary Angela Parish, Church of St. Hyacinth, serving as a member of the original Mother’s Club, chairing the Parish Festival for many years, working bingo, card parties, and a member of the Rosary Society where she served as president.

Irene’s decades of volunteer work have included serving on the citizen’s advisory committee at Brooks Memorial Hospital, and as regional president of the AARP. She was active and devoted to civic causes, including the establishment of the Fire Department of the East Town of Dunkirk, where she and her husband were founding members. Generations of friends in Dunkirk have treated her like family since the death of her husband in 1984. Irene was an avid gardener and an intense pinochle player. She established a treasured tradition of holiday baking and Polish cooking that she shared with her grandchildren.

In January, friends and family gathered at the Kosciuszko Club to celebrate her 100th birthday and honor her long life and accomplishments.

Survivors include three daughters, Marian DeSnyder of The Villages, Fla., Janet (late William) Lucas of Trumbull, Conn,, and Margaret (Andrew) Mollo of Shelton, Conn.; six grandchildren: Julie (Grattan) Brown, Daniel (Sarah) DeSnyder, Jonathan Lucas, Jennifer (Chad) Crowther, Veronica (Brian) Anderson and Amanda (Thomas) Risen; eight great-grandchildren; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Rozumalski; son-in-law, William Lucas, and three brothers and seven sisters.

Interment and private services will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to the Chautauqua County Hospice and Palliative Care or the East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department.

Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.