Nov. 21, 1919 – Oct. 3, 2012
Marcella Rosinski, a longtime Hamburg resident and one of Erie County’s pioneering female attorneys, died Wednesday in Lakewood Health Care Facility after a brief illness. She was 92.
Raised in Buffalo’s Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, the former Marcella Lipowicz was the daughter of attorney and State Sen. Leonard Lipowicz and Adelina Lipowicz. She graduated from East High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Seton Hill College and went on to graduate from Cornell Law School in the early 1940s – one of only three women in her class.
A practicing attorney for more than 50 years, Mrs. Rosinski specialized in real estate and wills. She became one of the first female lawyers at the historic Buffalo law firm now known as Phillips Lytle, and worked in her father’s law practice while her children were small.
She later worked for Monroe Abstract and Title before returning to Phillips Lytle. She also served as legal counsel for friends, neighbors and relatives for many years, and was recognized in later years by other female lawyers and judges for her trailblazing role – reflected in the 50-Year Achievement Award bestowed by the Erie County Bar Association.
Mrs. Rosinski practiced law well into her 80s, even returning to Phillips Lytle for a brief period when asked to return by the firm.
But she also was known for extensive volunteer activities, especially at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg, where she was active in the Social Ministry Committee, the Altar and Rosary Society and other organizations.
The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo presented her the St. Joseph the Worker Award for her service to the church.
Mrs. Rosinski was also well known for her devotion to Quota International of Hamburg, of which she was a founding member in the 1950s. She served in every officer’s position and directed every event and committee at least once.
She especially enjoyed working at Quota’s stand at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Buffalo Bills games and also volunteered for many years at the annual WNED auction.
Her husband of 31 years, Henry, who was co-owner of Rosinski’s Furniture Store in Lackawanna, died in 1982.
She is survived by four daughters, Julie Waugh, Mary Flanagan, Clare Rosinski and Joan Detzel; and a brother, Leonard R. Lipowicz Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg.