Resolution J1686-2013

Mourning the death of Dorothy Malczewski, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 2, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Dorothy Malczewski, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York  whose  lifework  and  civic  endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  With deep remorse, this Legislative Body records the passing
of Dorothy Malczewski, distinguished citizen and devoted member  of  her
community, on April 27, 2013, at the age of 89; and
  WHEREAS,  Dorothy  Malczewski  distinguished herself in her profession
and by her  sincere  dedication  and  substantial  contribution  to  the
welfare of her community; and
  WHEREAS,  Raised in Buffalo, New York's Kaisertown, Dorothy Malczewski
transformed a Polish custom into an iconic Western New York tradition, a
legacy to be enjoyed by generations of families; and
  WHEREAS, Dorothy Malczewski was known throughout the city  of  Buffalo
as the "Mother of Butter Lambs"; and
  WHEREAS, Butter Lambs are a traditional Easter symbol in Poland; Doro-
thy Malczewski began making them, in her inimitable style, in the 1960s,
out of her East Side home, using the wooden mold her father brought with
him from Poland; and
  WHEREAS,  The demand for her Easter Butter Lambs became so great that,
in the 1970s, Dorothy Malczewski purchased a home  directly  across  the
street  from  her  family-owned  business, Malczewski's Chicken Shop, in
order to mass produce them; and
  WHEREAS, Traditional butter lambs showcasing their  signature  festive
ribbons and curls came to be sold in seven sizes in Malczewski's Chicken
Shop, solidly anchoring them as an Easter tradition in the homes of many
Buffalonians; and
  WHEREAS,  A fixture in Buffalo's Broadway Market, Malczewski's Chicken
Shop was not only known for its Easter Butter Lambs, but for such  other
traditional  Polish foods as pierogies and fresh meats; Dorothy Malczew-
ski was sometimes called "The Chicken Lady"; and
  WHEREAS, Dorothy Malczewski retired from Malczewski's Chicken Shop  in
2007;  her  prodigious  work ethic and generosity earned her the respect
and admiration of all she came in contact with; and
  WHEREAS, Dorothy Malczewski's commitment to excellence, and her spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, Predeceased by her  husband,  Raymond  Malczewski,  in  1993,
Dorothy  Malczewski is survived by three sons, Jim, Carl and Donald; and
a brother, Peter Gondek; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Dorothy  Malczewski  leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
she served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn the death of Dorothy Malczewski, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of her community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dorothy Malczewski.

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