DUNKIRK: Victoria Stelmack, 95, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Center, Temple Road, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville passed away Thursday, May 24th, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Dunkirk, on October 15, 1922, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie (Rosrczak) Kozlowski.
She worked as a Chief Cook for St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home, Silver Creek, for 16 years, co-owned & operated a Grape & Cattle Farm with her late husband, Frank Stelmack, on Prospect Road, Forestville and she also worked for the former Comstock Canning Factory in South Dayton. She was a member of St. Joseph RC Church, Fredonia and the Beaver Club, Fredonia. Mrs. Stelmack was a former member of St. Rose of Lima RC Church and it’s Altar & Rosary Society, Forestville and a former member of both the Pioneer Social Club, Forestville and the Fredonia Senior Citizens. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics and loved to cook, bake and play cards.
Survivors include a daughter, Marlene (Richard) Bradigan, of Forestville; four sisters, Josephine Bielaszka, of Fredonia; Theresa Kawski, Dorothy Ziemba, Joanne DiBiase, all of Dunkirk; and a brother, Joseph Kozlowski, of Boca Raton, FL. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren, Melinda (Chuck) Bradigan Heath, whom she shared the same birthday with and referred to her as “Grandma Blue Eyes”, Kyle (Amy Clarke) Bradigan, Nathan, Ethan, Mimi, Natalie, Tatiana, Natasha and Eliza Stelmack, numerous great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frank Stelmack, Sr., whom she married on July 19, 1941 in the former St. Mary’s RC Church, Dunkirk and who died January 31, 1986, by a son Dr. Frank Stelmack, Jr., three sisters Lottie Gervas, Florence Jagoda, Gertrude Majka and a brother Chester Kozlowski.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday July 22, 2018 at 12 noon from J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post #953, Cedar Street, Forestville. Private Interment was in Forestville Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials may be made either to St. Joseph RC Church, 145 East Main Street, Fredonia, NY 14063 or to Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 or to Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, 165 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.
Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville. To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolleyfuneralhome.com