NIAGARA FALLS —
Genevieve (Kaminski) Komorowski who coordinated the personnel office of the Niagara Falls School District for nearly 35 years, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012, following a brief illness. She had turned 92 the day before she entered the hospital.
Genevieve, a familiar face for years at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center gift shop where she volunteered every Friday morning, was the third of four daughters of Michal and Mary (Sokolowski) Kaminski of Royal Avenue. She attended local schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School. Her first job was in the business office of the S.S. Kressge Department Store before the onslaught of urban renewal. Although she never obtained a formal college degree, she received certification from the Empire State program for her professional experience with the school board. Despite not having finished college, she valued higher education as an essential accomplishment in life and stressed that value to her children and grandchildren.
She started her board career as the secretary to Principal Geraldine Mann at 17th St. School. Through hard work and high scores on exams, she transferred to the district administrative office in staff personnel and became confidential secretary to Dr. Vincent Loretto. Serving under at least a half-dozen superintendents, she helped steer the department through numerous program and policy changes and several controversial years. Still, she managed to keep herself above the petty politics all those years and remained loyal to her employer. She was a firm believer in maintaining professionalism. Genevieve was well-known as a friend and reliable personnel source to teachers and administrators alike. Even after her retirement in 1995, she continued to get calls at home from her former office and many employees for advice on procedures, benefits, contract items and records. They knew to call her because she was the impeachable source for answers and accuracy. In 1988, she was selected as the first non-instructional employee in the history of the school district. The plaque still hangs in her home.