Elizabeth V. Swiatkowski
Died: Nov 9, 2018
Elizabeth V. Swiatkowski


Age 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, November 9, 2018. She was born in Poland on June 3, 1920 the only child of the late Casimer and Irene (Dudkta) Swiatkowski. She and her parents came to the United States when "Betty" was only 9 years old and originally settled in Rhode Island. When she was 15 years old, her father had earned enough money to move the family to Buffalo to be with relatives and friends in Kaisertown. "Betty" as she was commonly referred to remained in Kaisertown all her life.

She had many jobs, but most of all she enjoyed playing and teaching the piano to young children. She retired after fofty dedicated years of service from the Peter J. Schmidt, Co, where she held many positions. Her favorite was bookkeeper and public relations for the company and the grocery stores the company owned. Her career allowed her to travel to China, Japan and Europe. She also took vacations with her "sister friends" to the West Coast, London, England and back home to Poland many times.

In 1965, she had the idea to teach children the Polish language as well as teach classes in edicit, manners and the social graces. She taught many young ones to dance as well as many Polish traditions.  She was a long standing member of the Church of St. Casimir and voluntereed for many organizations affiliated with the church. In later years, she was unable to attend and participate.

She never married, but was engaged to Helmut K. Kruger, of Lancaster New York. Her beloved was killled in WW11. They deeply loved one another and she was devestated.  She was a strong, viberant and very classy lady who always wore matching outfits. Shoes, clothing, gloves and her hats all had to match. Much of her "designer clothing" she made herself.
She would gather the girls from the neighborhood and show them how to make a pattern, cut, sew and design their own clothing.

In her later years she became very ill and eventually was inable to walk and she lost her vision completely in 2000. However, rather than being discouraged, she continued playing the piano and she said "if the only good thing I have left is going to be my voice, I'm going to sing...sing...sing..." and that is exactly what she did. She attended concerts at Shea's, Klienahan's and many other venues. She tried her best to be active despite her limitations. 

She would be the first to tell you that she "had a blessed and beautiful life and when God calls me home, I'll be with my beloved parents and Helmuth. And, I'm going to sing at that reunion".

At Betty's request, there will be no prior calling hours or services scheduled.  To remember and honor her, kindly do an act of goodness and keep it going..... A private committal service will be held and prayers offered by Father George Pikus, a dear friend.

Betty is survived by her caregivers and dear friends and especially Stella Behan, Marcia Truski and Virginia Kennedy- Strobell.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the KEVIN M. MASON FUNERAL HOME 154 Weimar Street Buffalo NY 14206. (716) 362-0199 Fax: (716) 462-5355  Email:

No condolences posted...
Leave a Condolence
* Name
* Email (will not be published)
* Enter verification code
* - Required fields