Obituary of Antoinette Marie Malczewski
Antoinette, affectionately known as Toni, was born on December 29th, 1931 to Peter and Mary Sartori, sharing her birthday with her mother. She was the eldest of three sisters. Educated at Hutch Tech, Toni went to work at the phone company after graduating. Later, she met her husband, Eugene, at Ted’s Tavern through mutual friends. They married in 1957 and moved to Diana Lane where they raised three children: Diane, Nancy, and Chuck. With three houses of Malczewskis in a row, there was always family around. From making homemade pizza to stuffed artichokes, Toni loved to cook for her family and always made her home a welcoming place. After the kids were grown, Toni got her driver’s license, which made it impossible to keep her home (unless the route involved merging or the thruway.) She worked at a jewelry store for a short time before becoming the first dental assistant at Dr Scott’s new practice, where she stayed until she retired in her 70’s. If you knew Toni, you knew she loved to shop. Whether it was a knickknack from Love of Pete or the entire gift shop at Disney World, if she liked it, she bought it (usually in multiple colors.) She also loved candy and always found the best treats and sweets. Toni attended the Erie County Fair each summer with her sisters, Lou and Marilyn. The trio would arrive early in the morning to shop for everything from glitter t-shirts and windchimes to encyclopedias and Bonsai trees. They would eat to their hearts’ content (never missing a London broil) and end the night sharing fried dough and coffee while watching the fireworks. Toni also enjoyed going to Hamburg Beach with her friend, Emily. The pair would sit and talk until after closing, sometimes having to be shooed out by the cops. Great joy was found in music and theater, never missing a musical or concert her granddaughters were in, and always supporting local theater. She attended many shows over the years in Toronto and at Shea’s with her special binoculars in tow, so she could see every detail on the stage. From her many trips to Disney World with her family, to exploring Savannah with Marilyn, Toni loved to travel. She enjoyed a trip to San Diego, California, with Diane where they dined and shopped their way through the city; They even got adventurous one day and crossed the border to Mexico- which only last about an hour. She got to live out her dream of going to Hawaii with Nancy. As a true shopaholic, she bought almost everything on the islands, and when it came time to leave, she had to ditch most of the items she brought with her to fit all her new treasures; even the TSA knew not to unzip her overstuffed suitcase. Kids of all ages brought joy to her life. From her nieces and nephews to her granddaughters, that she loved so much. Toni was a bright light in our lives. With a giving heart, she wanted nothing more than to take care of everyone. She will always be remembered for her generous heart, the love for her family, and her pure zest for life. Malczewski, Antoinette “Toni” (nee Sartori) August 14, 2020 of Lake View, NY. Beloved wife of Eugene J. Malczewski; devoted mother of Diane, Nancy (Neal), and Chuck (Lisa); cherished grandmother of Kara, Abigail, and Haley; loving sister of the late Lucille (Matthew) Comella, Marilyn Barry, the late Harvey (Marian) Malczewski; also survived by dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mass of Christian Burial to take place at 10AM on Wed. Aug. 26 at St. John Paul II Parish, 2052 Lakeview Road, Lake View, NY. Please assemble at the church. To keep with the safety and health of family and guests, please wear facial coverings and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga. Online condolences and donations to be made at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.