Victoria Kusmierz, 97, passed away on Sunday August 29, 2021.
She was born in Lublin, Poland in 1924. During World War II, as a teenager, and an only child, she was forcibly taken from her home by the invading German Army and assigned to work on a farm in Germany. When the war was over, she and all the other young abducted workers were freed by the Allies and moved into deportation camps. It was there that she met and married her husband Walter in 1947. They emigrated to the US in 1951 and moved to Utica, NY to pursue the American Dream.
Victoria was a great cook and baker and enjoyed the company of family and friends. Her flower and vegetable gardens were lush. She was also a dependable volunteer and helped raise money for Holy Trinity Church and the Polish Community Club in Utica, by making pierogies.
She was a wonderful caregiver to her beloved husband Walter until he passed away in 1990. Left behind to cherish her memories are her 2 daughters, Irene of Sarasota, FL and Helen (Luis) Maldonado of Greenburgh, NY.
Her daughters are very grateful to the doctors, nurses and entire staff on the 5th Floor N of Phelps Hospital for the care, compassion and dignity they showed Victoria in her last week. Our hearts go out to each and every one of them. They are also thankful to Anna, her special aide, who took such good care of her. Donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans or other Veteran groups.
Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4PM to 8PM. Her Funeral Mass will be at St. John Paul, II Church in Sleepy Hollow on Thursday at 10:00. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery in Utica on Friday.
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