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Aug. 19, 1942 – March 28, 2014

Kenneth A. Skowronski, Ph.D., an educator, died March 28 at his Lewiston residence under the care of Niagara Hospice after a long illness. He was 71.

A lifelong resident of the Niagara Falls area, he lived in Lewiston for the past 45 years. He graduated from Niagara Falls High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Buffalo State College. He continued his studies to earn his doctorate in education from the University at Buffalo and an administration certification from Niagara University.

Dr. Skowronski began his career in education in 1966 as a teacher in the Lewiston-Porter School District, where he later became principal of the elementary school until his retirement in 1997.

His dedication to education continued as a graduate professor at Buffalo State College until 2011.

He was a longtime active parishioner of St. Peter Catholic Church in Lewiston, where he served as an usher, as well as member and past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and a member of the Holy Name Society.

Dr. Skowronski was a classic-car enthusiast and avid reader, particularly of history.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed walking and traveling, especially to Walt Disney World each year.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Diane Polewicz; two daughters, Karen Engel and Debbie; two brothers, Norm and Jeff; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Peter Catholic Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston.