Theresa Dubey

Obituary of Theresa Ann Dubey

There are many words and phrases that can be used to describe the beloved Theresa Dubey, and the strongest that come to mind are: welcoming, devoted, loyal, independent, strong, hard-working and most of all: love and friendship. She carried all of these in abundance and left her prints on everything and everyone she has touched on her journey through life. Theresa was born an only child to her parents, Joseph and Floryanna Kuczmanski. Her father was the oldest of seven so Theresa grew up with several aunts and uncles who were close to her in age. As a result of these older influences Theresa developed an independent spirit that stuck with her throughout her lifetime. She grew up in the Village of Hamburg, where her roots would be planted from that point forward. While careers for young women were limited at that time, Theresa’s dream was to go to Fordham University and then start a career at the United Nations. The obligation to her parents won out however and she chose to remain close to home. While she chose the path that planted her roots firmly in Hamburg, Theresa would develop a sense of travel and curiosity that kept her going for years to come. Theresa was married for 13 years and was blessed with two wonderful children, Paulette and Rick, who she eventually raised on her own, a testament to her independence and strength. To balance work and at-home responsibilities when she became a single parent, Theresa took up working with the Town of Hamburg starting in the Recreation Department and eventually moving over to the Planning Department as a Clerk Stenographer. One of the biggest projects she had a hand in was the development of the McKinley Mall. Overall, she dedicated 35 years to working for the betterment of the community she loved. In that time, she was also very involved in local politics and worked on a variety of campaigns for local officials. When Paulette and Rick both decided to leave the Hamburg area and plant their own roots, it was hard for Theresa at first to let them go. However, both children opened her up to discovering new things and new worlds, and she ended up embracing the worlds they created. Her preferred method of traveling was by train; she would take the train all the way out to Los Angeles & Dallas, taking days to arrive. However, in that time, she would make little connections to her fellow travelers. She could strike up a conversation with anyone that crossed her path, and when she arrived, she would tell her kids every detail about her new friends. She had a fascinating way of connecting with those around her; in Theresa’s world, there were no strangers. Every new friend would become part of her family. Theresa was always on the move; even well into her 80s, she kept herself busy with a variety of hobbies, projects and volunteer opportunities. Her devotion and love for God and faith led her to being an active member at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for the majority of her life. She was involved in many organizations and events including the Rosary & Altar Society, the Eucharistic Ministry, Bingo, and the Hospitality Team. She led the Perogi Team three times per week, earning thousands of dollars annually for the church. She kept an expansive garden that her children nicknamed “The Forest,” with her favorite plants she cared for being her hydrangeas. Her baking was stellar; she could make the best cookies, pies, and cakes that brought her family immense joy. She was also a skilled seamstress and even crafted a beautiful green dress by hand that she wore with Paulette to the Emmys. Her traveling kept her busy as well, whether by seeing Rick in Dallas, Paulette in L.A., or her many adventures with her sister-in-law, Pat, there was always an adventure to be had and something to do. A life well lived cannot be simply expressed with words; they are expressed in the actions and the relationships that are created with the time you have. Theresa Dubey lived a life with no regrets. Her love for her family and friends was endless, her passion and independence was passed through the ages and now lives on in those she loves, and the work she has accomplished with her time will be remembered well after her. She was a warrior in every sense of the word and made sure to live her life by her terms adding new people to her family with each adventure. While the world is much dimmer in her absence, her light will shine brightly in those that remain to tell her story. Dubey, Theresa Ann (nee Kuczmanski) November 11, 2021, of Hamburg, NY. Devoted mother to Paulette DuBey and Richard (Trisha) Dubey; cherished grandmother of Jonathan (Julie Kocher) Toellner, Taylor Dubey, and Sarah Dubey, and great-grandmother to be of the littlest baby Toellner; adored sister-in-law of Patricia (Tod) Daly and Diane (William) Enright; also survived by many loving family members, friends, and members of the Hamburg community. Friends received on Friday, November 19th from 4-8PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075. A Rosary Ceremony will be held during the visiting hours from 4-5PM. Prayers at the funeral home will be held on Saturday, November 20th at 10:45AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30AM at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs, NY 14075. Flowers gratefully accepted, or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church. For flowers, donations, and online condolences, please visit www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Friday
19
November

Visiting Hours

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, November 19, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Friday
19
November

Rosary Ceremony

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, November 19, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Saturday
20
November

Prayers

10:45 am
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. - Hamburg, NY
4199 Lake Shore Road
Hamburg, New York, United States
716-627-2919
Saturday
20
November

Mass of Christian Burial

11:30 am
Saturday, November 20, 2021
St. Francis of Assisi
4263 St. Francis Dr
Hamburg, New York, United States

Entombment

Hillcrest Cemetery
5223 Abbott Rd.
Hamburg, New York, United States