Mourning the death of Dorothy Malczewski, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community

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  • 02 / May / 2013
  • 07 / May / 2013
  • 07 / May / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the death of Dorothy Malczewski, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of her community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, With deep remorse, this Legislative Body records the passing
of Dorothy Malczewski, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her
community, on April 27, 2013, at the age of 89; and
WHEREAS, Dorothy Malczewski distinguished herself in her profession
and by her sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the
welfare of her community; and
WHEREAS, Raised in Buffalo, New York's Kaisertown, Dorothy Malczewski
transformed a Polish custom into an iconic Western New York tradition, a
legacy to be enjoyed by generations of families; and
WHEREAS, Dorothy Malczewski was known throughout the city of Buffalo
as the "Mother of Butter Lambs"; and
WHEREAS, Butter Lambs are a traditional Easter symbol in Poland; Doro-
thy Malczewski began making them, in her inimitable style, in the 1960s,
out of her East Side home, using the wooden mold her father brought with
him from Poland; and
WHEREAS, The demand for her Easter Butter Lambs became so great that,
in the 1970s, Dorothy Malczewski purchased a home directly across the
street from her family-owned business, Malczewski's Chicken Shop, in
order to mass produce them; and
WHEREAS, Traditional butter lambs showcasing their signature festive
ribbons and curls came to be sold in seven sizes in Malczewski's Chicken
Shop, solidly anchoring them as an Easter tradition in the homes of many
Buffalonians; and
WHEREAS, A fixture in Buffalo's Broadway Market, Malczewski's Chicken
Shop was not only known for its Easter Butter Lambs, but for such other
traditional Polish foods as pierogies and fresh meats; Dorothy Malczew-
ski was sometimes called "The Chicken Lady"; and
WHEREAS, Dorothy Malczewski retired from Malczewski's Chicken Shop in
2007; her prodigious work ethic and generosity earned her the respect
and admiration of all she came in contact with; and
WHEREAS, Dorothy Malczewski's commitment to excellence, and her spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
WHEREAS, Predeceased by her husband, Raymond Malczewski, in 1993,
Dorothy Malczewski is survived by three sons, Jim, Carl and Donald; and
a brother, Peter Gondek; and
WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Dorothy Malczewski leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
she served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Dorothy Malczewski, distinguished citizen and devoted
member of her community; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Dorothy Malczewski.


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