February 1, 1922 - December 29, 2021
Victoria J. Gonciarz, 99, formerly of Cosby Manor Rd., Schuyler, passed away on December 29, 2021, at the Katherine Luther Home in Clinton. Born on February 1, 1922, in Newport, NY, Victoria was the daughter of the late Bronislaw and Anna (Balanis) Lewandrowski. She graduated from the Utica School of Commerce and then worked for several years in the late 1940s in a clerical capacity at Horrocks Ibbotson in Utica. On December 15, 1951, in Newport, NY, Victoria married Jan Gonciarz. They enjoyed a blessed union of nearly 60 years prior to his passing on March 28, 2011. During those years together, they owned and operated their dairy farm on Cosby Manor Rd. Besides working on the farm, she also kept up their home, gardened, and raised their three children. Later in life, Jan and Victoria enjoyed traveling. They went to Poland several times to visit Jan’s family. They visited NYC when their son Edward lived and practiced law there and continued visiting him when he moved to Las Vegas to continue his law career. Victoria enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and grew a large plot of them in rows for many years. She passed along her love of gardening to her daughters Anne and Christine. She was a cat person so there were always cats in the barn as well as in the house and her love of cats is passed on to Christine. More than any other type of music, Victoria enjoyed classical compositions. She would turn on her radio in the evening to relax to the sounds of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. Because of this Edward grew up with a great appreciation of the classics. Victoria was an avid reader. She immersed herself in classic literature as well as historical novels. She taught her children to read from McGuffey Readers at a very early age. This love of reading and the English language is something she passed along to all three children and her grandson Timothy. She lived her life for her children. She always had time to play games (huckle-buckle-beanstalk or Old Maid), bake cookies, help with homework, play the piano for family sing-alongs, and go swimming down at the brook. For several years Victoria was the leader of The Jolly Juniors, the local 4-H club. Victoria is survived by her children, Anne Bazan (Paul Zajac), Marcy, and Christine and Ricky Proulx, Schuyler; grandchildren, Timothy, Donald, and Erica; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Matteo, and Alexander along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Jan, son Edward; her sisters, Philomena and Alfreda; and brothers, Dr. Archydeus, Cyprian, Ferdinand, and Manuel. Mom was a kind and gentle woman of faith who lived her life with grace, beauty, and inner strength, and always found the best in everyone. She drew people close to her with these qualities which emanated from her for her entire life. She gave love and got it back ten-fold. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Monday, January 3, from 4-6 p.m. at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will commence at the conclusion of visitation at 6 p.m. with the Reverend Arthur Krawczenko officiating. Remembrances in Victoria’s name may be made to the Lutheran Recreational Therapy Department or the Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Victoria’s family would like to thank the staff at the Katherine Luther Home, especially her “extended family” in the Saul Unit, for the care and compassion shown to her during her time spent with them.
Victoria J. Gonciarz, 99, formerly of Cosby Manor Rd., Schuyler, passed away on December 29, 2021, at the Katherine Luther Home in Clinton. Born on February 1, 1922, in Newport, NY, Victoria was the daughter of the late Bronislaw and Anna (Balanis)... View Obituary & Service Information
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