Lucie Ann Kwiatkowski

HENDERSON, Nev. - Lucie Ann Kwiatkowski, daughter of Giacomo and Teresa Carucci Pagliaroli, sister of Josephine Pagliaroli, wife of Joseph C. Kwiatkowski, mother of Terrance J. Kwiatkowski, M.D., passed gently to the Lord on Tuesday (June 11, 2013) at home with her husband and sister at her side.
She was born Jan. 8, 1926.
Lucie will always be remembered for her smile, her laugh and her style, but mostly for her love of dancing. She often took trips to Atlantic City, N.J., with her mom and loved to dance to the "big bands" of her era, such as Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey. She danced everywhere she went, she danced all day at home, and she continued to dance well even up to a year before her passing.
She was a trend-setter growing up in Olean, N.Y., always wearing the latest styles and looks – she even introduced Bermuda shorts and other fashion trends to Olean in the 1940s. She was a proud member of the Olean High class of 1943, where she was a cheerleader, the queen of several dances and a princess in a parade. In a local stage production, she played Mini-Tonka Smallflower and was well reviewed for her performance. She also was known for her vast record collection; often, the local radio station would borrow her albums to play on-air.
On Sept. 22, 1956, she married Olean baseball and sports legend Joseph C. Kwiatkowski in a colorful ceremony at St. John's Church. She was wearing a silk wedding gown, which she designed herself and which was expertly sewn by her mom, Teresa. She carried lilies, her favorite flower. Bridesmaids wore dresses of all the colors of the autumn leaves, and her maid of honor was her sister Josephine.
In 1964, after eight years of prayers and novenas to St. Jude, she gave birth to her only son, Terrance, on Oct. 28, St. Jude's feast day. She believed this to be a miracle and completely devoted herself to his nurturing. Living in Lewiston, N.Y., she was always involved in Terrance's and Joseph's school activities, booster club, and any volunteer work she could do, from room mother to hosting the annual homecoming flower making parties and float decoration.
She became an avid golfer and was very active in the women's league at the Niagara Falls Country Club. Her dedication to the country club was well recognized, as she became the first female Marshall of the Porter Cup Amateur Golf Tournament, which was held there annually and has featured such players as Ben Crenshaw, Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard and Phil Mickelson.
She always has enjoyed cooking for her family, and her pasta sauce and meatballs were legendary. When she wasn't cooking, she was gardening in the yard and tending her geraniums, rose bushes and peonies. She continued to do volunteer work at St. Mary's hospital in Lewiston. In her spare time, she would go to the casino in Niagara Falls, Canada, where she loved to play the slots – especially "Wheel of Fortune."
In her later years in Henderson, she continued to enjoy playing the slots at local casinos and continued to cook and dance. In her last years, her primary caregiver was her husband, Joey, who lovingly did everything for her. This brought them both a new closeness and love in the final years of their 57-year marriage.
Services will be held at Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Olean, beginning with a viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday (June 17, 2013) with a prayer service in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. in St. John's Catholic Church. The Rev. Ed Sheedy, pastor, will celebrate. Entombment will be held immediately afterward in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, followed by brunch in the clubhouse.

Funeral Home

Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc
646 E State St Olean, NY 14760
(716) 372-2200

Published in The Olean Times Herald from June 13 to June 16, 2013