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July 4, 1925 - July 16, 2014

Dorothy Sophie Kaczmarek, of West Seneca, a longtime beautician and lifelong Buffalo-area resident, died Wednesday at home after a short illness. She was 89.

Born and raised on Liddell Street, the former Dorothy Barabasz was educated at St. John Kanty School and went on to graduate from a girls vocational school.

Mrs. Kaczmarek performed factory work during World War II before working as a beautician for more than three decades. She retired in the late 1970s.

She moved from Buffalo’s East Side to Cheektowaga in 1951 and to West Seneca in 1977. A devout Catholic, Mrs. Kaczmarek often was a sponsor of children in missions, family members said.

She enjoyed crocheting, cooking homemade meals and was known for her baking. Family members said she baked more than 20 varieties of Christmas cookies and made placek and paczki, which are Polish desserts.

Mrs. Kaczmarek’s husband, Elmer J., died in 1992, shortly before their 50th anniversary.

She is survived by a daughter, Annette; two sons, James and Raymond; a sister, Agnes Grabowski; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 4220 Seneca St., West Seneca.