Alice (Alicja) Antonia (nee Szatkowski) Wyroba
Died: Oct 18, 2016
Alice (Alicja) Antonia (nee Szatkowski) Wyroba

WYROBA - Alice (Alicja) Antonia (Szatkowski)

Age 95,  passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 9:46 am with her family at her side. She was born to immigrants Xavier and Antonia Szatkowski on February 19, 1921 in Buffalo New York. Before Alice entered school the family moved to the Town of Lancaster, NY where Alice would spend her formative years.  She was the 6th out of 10 children. Four of her siblings; Francis, Alfreda, Ferdinand and Rose passed away as children.  Her five remaining siblings, Cecelia (Zgoda), Leonard, Clara (Jasiczek), Edwin and Chester all remained important figures in her life.

Alice graduated as Valedictorian from Lancaster High School in 1940 and had several jobs during her school years- including one at the Sugar Bowl Soda Fountain in the Village of Lancaster. Alice worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at
M. Wile clothing factory for many years and also at Gould-National Battery.  She  was very fond of her old "Model A" Ford that transported from place to place.  Alice became baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on May 24, 1940.  Soon after, she decided to devote a large share of her time in ministerial work- helping and teaching others.

In 1950 she married Stanley Wyroba who grew up in Depew New York, only about a mile from Alice's home.Together they decided to move to Corfu, New York to engage in ministerial work in the Batavia area. Several years later their son Nathan was born, but tragically died soon after birth. Later they were blessed with a daughter, Naomi. Later the family moved back to the Lancaster area and were again blessed with a second daughter, Ruth.


Stan and his brother Frank were in the home-building business during those years. Stan and Alice built a beautiful home right next door to Alice's parents in Lancaster.

Alice became a devoted wife and mother "extraordinaire". She and Stan made the family home a center of happy, organized life filled with classical music, all manner of books, family outings and vacations, fabulous foods, regular religious activities and wondrous imaginative play.

As Stanley engaged in a variety of careers and businesses, Alice provided not only moral support but also recordkeeping and actual labor - what  ever was needed, whenever.  Her interest and activity in helping others spiritually never ceased despite all her other duties.

When Stanley suffered a massive stroke in 1989, Alice became his primary caregiver. With the assistance of her daughters and their spouses she actively carried on and became a strong support and unfailing source of encouragement to the entire family.  After becoming widowed in 1994, Alice increased her ministerial work and enjoyed some leisure time and vacations away with her daughters and their families.

Some years later Alice suffered from the effects of osteoporosis. After undergoing  surgeries for two broken hips, she suffered a severe fracture of her right femur in 2007. After beating the odds of survival and a long recovery, Alice was confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of her life.  But being "can do" Alice, she always sought to be a self-sufficient as possible. As the years passed, Alice's health continued to falter, but her spirit never did. She remained an inspiration to her daughter's who managed her daily care, her son-in-laws, family members, friends and the in-home hospice teams who came to assist on a regular basis.

Alice leaves behind a wonderful loving legacy in the hearts of those who knew her. She will be greatly missed by those she temporarily left behind.

Beloved mother of Naomi (Greg) Grundtisch and Ruth (Richard) Powell. Step grandmother and step great grandmother.
Having a strong faith, Alice looked forward to being reunited in resurrection with her husband Stan, her son Nathan, her parents and her deceased siblings.

Alice expressed her wish for a simple private family funeral and burial at Lancaster Rural Cemetery.FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND ALICE'S CELEBRATION OF LIFE ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 AT 1:00 PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1822 Como Park Boulevard Lancaster

Flowers are greatfully declined and donations may be directed to Hospice Buffalo 225 Como Park Boulevard Cheektowaga New York 14227.

Alice would be pleased if you picture in your mind a vision of her and Stan happily waltzing to Strauss in eternal paradise.

Kindly consider leaving a message of condolence and/or sharing a favorite story of Alice.

The Wyroba Family has entrusted Alice's care to the Kevin M. Mason Funeral Home 154 Weimar Street Buffalo New York 14206.  Email: 716-362-0199 Fax: 716-462-5355

Lynn and Mary
October 26th, 2016 10:50 am
Dearest Naomi, Ruth, and Family, We were saddened by the news. What a beautiful person is your mom-"is" because she is safe in Jehovah's memory and will soon wake up- Matthew 22:32. Truly a "Lydia"; we have many, many warm and happy memories. Warmest love, Mary and Lynn
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