Victoria Kaczmarek

Obituary of Victoria Kaczmarek

Victoria was a kind-hearted woman who had a calling to help others her entire life. She devoted many years of her life to outreach and grief support at Our Lady of Victory before deciding to go into business for herself. Feeling she needed a change in career, she opened up “Creations by Victoria,” a bridal store that was a collaborative effort involving everyone in her family at one point or another. Her husband, John, did lighting and arrangements, while Vicky was a whiz with a sewing machine. She made beautiful veils and other creations for the couples she served.

Vicky and John had 4 daughters, and each of them had a very close relationship with her. She talked to each of them almost every day, and always managed to make time for the grandkids, too. Each of them will remember Vicky as a fun-loving woman who made everyone smile and laugh.

The blue rose held special significance for Vicky and her family. It symbolizes love, and also immortality. The blue rose was Vicky’s insignia when she was involved with grief support.

Kaczmarek, Victoria (nee Pepero) of Lackawanna entered into rest on February 17, 2018 at the age of 78. Victoria was the founder of The Community Grief Center of WNY and Owner of Creations by Victoria Bridal Shop. Loving daughter of the late Peter and late Rose Pepero (Bue); Beloved wife of John Kaczmarek; devoted mother of Rosalyn (Donald) Haux, Charlene Brooks, Maria (Alan) Podger, and Michele Geary; Loving grandmother to Jon, Jason, Matthew, (Stephanie) Haux, Nicole and Gregory (Liz) Brooks, Jacob (Riley) and Blake Podger, and Nathan and Olivia Geary; Cherished great grandmother of Charlie, Jaiden, Gregory, and Giana; Loving sister in law to late Bill (Late Irene), Lenny (Dayna), Danny (Lorraine) Kaczmarek, and Monica Kulik. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, as well as her Aunts Carol Faraci & Marie Laporta. Friends and family will be received Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4-8 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME (Crnr Rte 5 and Camp Rd). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Please Assemble at church. Condolences may be posted at