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Feb. 19, 1925 – June 2, 2014

Edwina C. Czamara, of Kenmore, retired cafeteria manager at Washington Elementary School in Kenmore, died Monday in ElderWood in Amherst after a short illness. She was 89.

The former Edwina Christina Kukla, popularly known as “Cookie,” was born in Buffalo’s Black Rock community and attended Riverside High School. During World War II, she worked as a riveter at Curtiss-Wright, where she met her future husband, Edmund R. Czamara.

Mrs. Czamara worked for the Ken-Ton School District as a cafeteria helper and within time became cafeteria manager at Washington Elementary School. She retired in February 1980.

Honored for volunteer service at VA Western New York Healthcare System many times, she and her husband were also active in Our Lady of Hope Council 3076 , Knights of Columbus, in Kenmore.

In the 1960s, her husband served as grand knight and she as Ladies Auxiliary president and was active in their bowling league.

Her husband of 42 years died in 1987.

She is survived by her two daughters, Antoinette Miranda and Suzanne Lema; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. Saturday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 33 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore.