Mary (Ciocia) Tomczak, age 89, of Erie, peacefully passed away at Independence Court of Erie, Friday, April 13, 2012. Mary was born in Erie on August 17, 1922, the youngest daughter of the late Stanley Tomczak and Anna Wisinski Milewski Tomczak. She enlisted in the Navy when she was around the age of 19, rising to the rank of Lt. Commander. She retired at that rank and served in the Naval Reserves here in Erie for many years. She was able to use her GI Bill to study at Villa Maria College and acquired a BA Degree. Using her degree she acquired a position with the Erie County Social Security Office, eventually becoming Branch Manager of the Erie Office. Later she became supervisor for the entire Erie County region until her retirement. Mary was a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Church. She was active in the Cursillo Movement and helped to establish the Koinonia, an Interdenominational Movement of a Life with Jesus Christ within Church and Community. She loved golfing, card playing, bowling, and singing. She was always the life of the party with an optimistic view of life. She was preceded in death by sisters, Lottie Szczypinski, Helen Kajencki, and Rose Polaski; brothers, Florian Milewski, Joseph Milewski, Joseph Tomczak, Silver Tomczak, and John Tomczak; and nephews, Raymond Tomczak, Fr. Robert Milewski, and Paul Tomczak. Being the youngest of 10 children, she is survived by her brother, Frank (Scotty) Milewski of Strongville Ohio; nieces, Sr. Dorothy Sczcypinski OSB, Joanna Jacobson (Dennis), Esther Cross (Gerald), Mary Lou Johnson (Sam), Annie Tomczak Shuttleworth (Mark), Lois Kahle (Drew), Arleen Trombetta, Tonni Griffith (Bob), Sandra Polaski Braswell (Rick), Christine Channell, Geraldine Ross (Richard), Nacine Bryson and Tamara Marino; and nephews, David Tomczak (Geri), William Tomczak (Kathy), Michael Polaski (Patricia), Thomas Polaski (Marcia), Rev. Leonard Sypinski, Edward Milewski (Shirley), and Carl Milewski. Mary was at Independence Court for nearly 10 years. We, the family, are grateful to the nurses and staff. We want to also thank Asera Care for their kind attention to Mary and her needs. No calling hours will be observed. Friends may attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mark the Evangelist Church Tuesday at 1 p.m. Private inurnment will be in Calvary Mausoleum East. Memorials may be made to the Benedictine Sisters, 6106 East Lake Road, Erie, PA 16511. The Carl A. Slomski & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2101 Ash, is handling arrangements.
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Published in the Erie Times-News from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2012