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FORESTVILLE:  Mark S. Kuciapinski, 63, of Cedar Street, Forestville, died Monday, June 21st, 2021 at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.  He was born in Dunkirk, on May 12, 1958, the son of the late Chester and Frances (Wojnarowski) Kuciapinski.

  Mark completed the Special Needs Program at BOCES and went on to The Resource Center.  He enjoyed the programs there, especially Art.  Mark received recognition for his accomplishments in Art at the Chautauqua County Fair and the Exceptional Art Exhibits held in Erie County.  He was quite adept with crayons, devising his own methods to create with them.  Music brought Mark much joy.  He was a fan of country music, musical theater, especially “Mary Poppins”, bagpipe music and Lawrence Welk.  He never missed a PBS Lawrence Welk rerun or a Richard Simmons show, where he was an active participant.

  Mark loved animals, especially horses and was a regular at “Centaur Stride”.  Always busy, he loved trips to the casino, his backyard pool, miniature golf, his putting green and golf on TV.  Mark loved to travel, especially by air, and stay in hotels.  He was always eager to participate in family reunion competitions and at parties.  Wedding receptions were his favorite- champagne toasts and dance with the bride.  You should have seen him at a Greek wedding!  Mark was quite a dancer before he became wheelchair-bound.  He enjoyed meeting people and always had a smile for his many caregivers.  Mark will be sadly and lovingly missed by his extended family and all who knew him.  As his nephew Loren once remarked, “As we grow older, uncle Mark just stays Forever Young.”

  Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Ann Panzica, and Linda Miller, both of Forestville.  Also surviving are nieces & nephews Loren (Trish Catalano) Smith, Rebecca (Eric) Worden, Kevin (Nicole Maynard) Kuciapinski, Kyle (Dan) Crisci, and great nieces & nephews Cameron Smith, Kyra Stella, Meghan Stella, Knox, Tage & Bram Crisci.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother Ronald Kuciapinski and brothers-in-law Alfanzo Panzica and Kenneth Miller.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday morning at 11 o’clock from Faith Community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Rose of Lima Church, Center Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, officiating.  PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.  Interment will follow in Forestville Cemetery.

  The family suggests memorials may be made either to Forestville Fire Department, Inc. PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.  To post condolences go to

5 Comments on Obituary Notice – Mark S. Kuciapinski

  1. Dave Organ says:

    So sad to hear about Mark. Brings back memories of great Thanksgiving dinners. My sincere condolences to Ruth Ann and Linda.

  2. Richard & Mary Baley says:

    Ruth Ann,
    So very sorry of the passing of your brother. Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Richard & Mary Bailey

  3. Ryan & Jenny Arnold says:

    We are praying actively for the loss of Mark, a brave and positive soul who always brought a smile to those around. We will remember Mark for reminding us how close to our reach joy can be. Sorry we cannot be there this week with the family. Sending our love and condolences.

  4. Carol Vinciguerra says:

    Mark’s passing makes me very sad. As a child and as an adult when I saw him at TRC, he was always a happy person. My heart goes out to both of you, Ruth Ann and Linda. So very sorry. Remembering you in my prayers.

    • Amy Reynolds says:

      My deepest condolences to the family for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know Mark and trying to get a smile or a giggle while having him work hard during PT. Ruth Ann, you took amazing care of him and he was lucky to feel all your love and support. My prayers are with you.
      Sincerely, Amy

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