PIERCE Mary Josephine (Sinkiewicz) age 86, died peacefully in the presence of her loving family at her home in Framingham on November 20th, 2014. Born in Boston, to Joseph and Margaret (Patrowicz) Sinkiewicz, she graduated from Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester in 1946. Mary worked for IBM at the dawn of the computer age to fund her tertiary education, graduating from New England School of Art in 1951. In 1950, she married Alvin J. Pierce, DMD of Hyde Park. Mary and her husband settled in Sherborn in 1957, where they lived for 37 years before moving to Needham, and later Framingham. Mary was instrumental in the development of the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston (KPDB) from the Krakowianki (Women's) Club in 1947. She was Costume Director of the group for 60 years, overseeing the accumulation and creation of a magnificent collection of folk costumes. After graduating with honors from the Course for instructors of Polish Folk Dance Groups in Lublin, Poland in 1975, Mary founded the KPDB Children's Group, serving as its choreographer for 20 years. She also sang with the KPDB Singers. In recognition of their lifetime work promoting Polish folk culture, Mary and her husband were awarded the Oskar Kolberg Award by the government of Poland. As part of the KPDB, Mary met with Pope John Paul II three times. She sang in the choir of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in South Boston in the late 1940's and again in the 2000's. In addition to her service to the Polish community, Mary served as a docent at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, was a member of the Boggestow Ski Club, Sherborn Grange, Sherborn Garden Club, New England Hosta Society and was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Needham Rotary Club. Mary is survived by her husband Alvin, sister Lillian Scommegna, sons Eric, David, Donald, and Adam Pierce, daughters Andrea Haber and Aleta Deyo, their spouses, and twelve grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Edward Sinkiewicz, John Sinkiewicz, and Walter Hammond, and granddaughter Haley Pierce. Memorial services will be held on December 13th, 2014 at 11 AM at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church located at 655 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend with a reception to follow from noon until 4pm downstairs at the church. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible contributions to Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston (12 Mohawk Drive; Framingham, MA 01701) will be used to create a memorial fund for the upkeep of the costume collection that is her legacy.
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Published in Boston Herald on Nov. 30, 2014