Obituary of Marcia Ann Swiatek
Tribute to Mom Mom is with Dad now. The sadness of losing both parents so closely to each other will not subside for quite some time. While we miss them both terribly, there is comfort knowing that they do not miss each other any longer, and that they have been reunited in heaven. Their love for each other was truly remarkable and we know that they are happy to be together again. If you knew our Mom, you knew how special she was. She was kind, caring and fair, in addition to being loved and respected by everyone. She could find THE BEST deals, and never forgot a birthday or anniversary for those that were close to her. She loved keeping up with everyone socially, especially as families grew. It brought her great joy to see everyone’s Facebook photos, and she ALWAYS commented on them. It made our hearts so happy to see the family & friend circles of Danielle and Eric & Ashley become her friend circles too. If she had your email address, she definitely sent you an email forward or two (ok, maybe more). Her genuine love and concern for friends and family was complimented by her generous spirit and big heart. And food. Oh could she cook and bake, especially loving what became an annual tradition to bake Christmas cookies with Samantha, Brody & Cole, her grandchildren, every year. Her grandchildren (including her grand dog Kody) brought her great joy. Hosting dinner parties, often fondue or holiday themed, did too as they gathered family, friends and neighbors. She loved having everyone together, welcoming everyone to her table. She had an exceptional gift with children that she also shared in the education field, evident through her profound career as a teacher for almost 45 years. She was positive, genuinely believed in you, and was always a source of encouragement. Even after retirement, she continued to remain involved with education focused professional organizations. She definitely stayed busy with committees and volunteering her time. She had faith. Faith in God and the Catholic Church, and in the Buffalo Bills. She was quite possibly was the biggest ‘fans’ of both, sharing God’s grace in her soft, gentle way and demonstrating an unwavering belief in both too. She had a strong desire to help others through her faith early on in her life, traveling to Peru and Ecuador as a missionary. Her faith continued after marrying our Dad and throughout their life together, and even during the current pandemic – never missing a week at Church, even if she had to watch it on tv. She would have turned 77 this year. We would’ve toasted - she with a cucumber martini and us with a dirty martini in remembrance of our Dad. We love you Mom, “to the moon and back” - that’s what she would always say to the family. Now perhaps, we’ll adjust that to “We love you Mom, to heaven and back ” Your loving children, Eric & Danielle Marcia was born on September 22nd in Buffalo, New York to Edward and Mary Weslow. Marcia was a Graduate of SUNY Buffalo State, receiving her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Elementary Education, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration and Supervision. Marcia served the local community as an elementary teacher in the Lancaster Central School District for 33 years. After retiring from Lancaster, she went on to join Medaille College as a Field Supervisor and Assistant Professor, guiding and fostering others in their journey to become a teacher. She was an active and longstanding member of various professional educator associations, including the National Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), New York State Association of Teacher Educators, (NYSATE), Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Pi State, Alpha Lambda Chapter) and Phi Delta Kappa International. She served in many capacities for each of these organizations, including President, Treasurer, Secretary and Committee Member. She was also an avid volunteer, contributing her time to many local organizations over the years, including the Hamburg Town Youth Board, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation (Ride for Roswell) and the WNY Ruffed Grouse Society. Marcia loved spending time with family and friends, gathering everyone for any occasion, always cooking and baking. She was a positive, encouraging and loving person, always helping and giving to others, and she always remembered your birthday. She had a special gift with children, evidenced through her profound teaching career. She LOVED the Buffalo Bills and had faith. Faith in the Bills, and in the Catholic Church. She has joined her husband of 43 years, Daniel, in heaven. Marcia is survived by her son, Eric (Ashley), beloved grandchildren Samantha, Brody, Cole; and daughter Danielle and beloved and devoted dog, Kody; as well as her brother, Norman; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and godchildren. The family wishes to extend their love and gratitude to all who were a part of Marcia’s life and made it a wonderful journey. The family also thanks everyone for their support and kindness during this time. Those wishing to honor Marcia’s life may carry out a random act of kindness in her memory. Swiatek, Marcia A. (nee Weslow). Hamburg resident, active community member, and teacher passed away July 19, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Beloved wife of late Daniel A. Swiatek; loving mother of Eric J. (Ashley) and Danielle Swiatek; and dearest grandmother of Samantha, Brody, and Cole; dear sister of Norman Weslow; also survived by nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will take place 1 PM, Saturday, September 5th at St. Mary of the Lake Church, Hamburg, NY. In keeping with the safety and health of family and guests, please wear appropriate facial coverings and maintain social distancing. Capacity restrictions may delay entry. In lieu of flowers, please carry out a random act of kindness in Marcia's memory. Arrangements with LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. (716-627-2919). Online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com, where a recording of Marcia's services will be available after Mass for anyone who feels more comfortable viewing remotely.