Niagara Gazette


March 13, 2014

Hilda Marie Kwapis

NIAGARA FALLS — Hilda Marie (Scalzo) Kwapis, 96, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, went to her eternal rest peacefully on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Beechwood Continuing Care Healthcenter in Getzville, NY. She was born on October 22, 1917 in Niagara Falls, NY to the late Francesca and Angelo Scalzo. On April 20, 1942 the former Hilda Marie Scalzo married Dr. Henry J. Kwapis in St. Joseph Church. He passed away in 1986.

Hilda was active in the Niagara Falls Garden Club, and was one of the first organizers of the Niagara County Dental Society formed in 1962 and had served as president. She also was an active member of the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary. Hilda also enjoyed traveling and painting but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Kwapis is survived by her daughter, Gretchen (Ralph) Leffler of Niagara Falls; two loving grandchildren, Ryan (Michelle) Leffler also of Niagara Falls, Eric (Julie) Leffler of Tonawanda, NY; five great-grandchildren, Alexandria, Micah, Nicholas, Sophia and Anna; one sister-in-law, Helen (Matthew) Kwapis of Niagara Falls; one brother-in-law, Bruno (Marge) Kwapis of Belleville, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her son, the late Richard Kwapis; two brothers, late Rudolph and Thomas Scalzo; four sisters, late Ella Barton, late Dorothy Scuderi, late Irma Scalzo, and the late Anita DeSantis.

The family will be present to receive friends on Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM at the SPALLINO-AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, 1300 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY, where prayers will be said at 9:30 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM celebrated from Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church, 1413 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY. Rev. Duane R. Klizek, officiating. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY. Family and friends invited. If desired, memorial donations may be made in Hilda's memory to the Beechwood/Blocher Foundation, 2235 Millersport Hwy., Getzville, NY 14068.
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