Nov. 8, 1920 – Nov. 23, 2012
Genevieve Komorowski, of Niagara Falls, who coordinated the personnel office of the Niagara Falls City School District for nearly 35 years, died Friday after a brief illness. She was 92.
The former Genevieve Kaminski, a familiar face for years at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center gift shop, where she volunteered every Friday morning, attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School.
Her first job was in the business office of the S.S. Kresge Department Store before the onslaught of urban renewal. Though she never obtained a formal college degree, she received certification from the Empire State program for her professional experience with the school district. She started her educational career as the secretary to Principal Geraldine Mann at 17th Street School. Through hard work and high scores on exams, she transferred to the district administrative office in staff personnel and became confidential secretary to Vincent Loretto. Serving under at least a half-dozen superintendents, she helped steer the department through numerous program and policy changes. In 1988, she was selected the first non-instructional employee of the year in the history of the school district.
Her husband of 48 years, Thaddeus, died in 1989. During his last years, she continued to care for him at home while working full-time and running the household. She retired in 1995.
Along with her years in the gift shop, she continued to stay active as a member and officer of various organizations and groups, including the St. Theresa’s Travel Group, the Niagara Women’s Club, the local Republican Party, the Retirees Breakfast Club, the Cub Scouts as a den mother and the Niagara Falls Professional Secretaries Group. She also was a member of St. John de LaSalle Catholic Church and participated in several athletic groups, including the Rapids Retired Mixed Bowling League, women’s lawn bowling at Hyde Park and a women’s golf league.
Survivors include two sons, Michael and Thad; and a sister, Rose Kelley.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. John de LaSalle Church, 8477 Buffalo Ave.