Constance Kulczycki

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Constance Kulczycki, 99, a native of Scranton, died Thursday.

Born Constance Radziwill Telleysh in Chicago on Dec. 12, 1914, she was the daughter of John Jr. and Jennette Kibort Telleysh and granddaughter of John Sr. and Constance Garmus Telleysh, Scranton, and Karol and Joanna Radziwill Kibort of Chicago. She moved to Scranton the following year.

Constance was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Marywood University. Upon graduation from Marywood, she became associated with the Child Study Department of the Scranton schools, where she was a teacher of exceptional children.

In 1945, she married Naval Lt. Commander Edward Kulczycki of Scranton. The couple moved to Groton, Conn., and were later stationed in Philadelphia and Charleston, S.C.

In 1954, after reaching the rank of commander, her husband resigned from the Navy to become the head of the Guthrie Clinic Department of Ophthalmology, Sayre, and the Kulczycki family settled in Athens, Pa.

She is survived by her three daughters, Christine Murray, Harrison, N.Y.; Janet Striffler. Rye, N.Y.; and Judith Kulczycki, Factoryville; four grandchildren, Adam Striffler, Summit, N.J.; Olivia Langston. Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Jessica and Eliza Murray, New York City; and three great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Charlotte Striffler and Edward Langston.

Constance was also preceded in death by her husband in 2007; and her sister, Lorraine Drapiewski, in 1991.

Burial will be private in Abington Hills Cemetery, Clarks Summit.

The family will receive visitors Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m., at home, 721 S. Main St., Athens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Spaulding Memorial Library or the Tioga Point Museum, 724 S. Main St., Athens, PA 18810.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 8, 2014