Margaret “Marge” Starzynski was born Margaret Ann Gerevics to Anthony Joseph Gerevics and Sophie Cecilia Szejnar on November 12th, 1939. She grew up in the Old First Ward at 417 Fulton Street and has two sisters – Jeannie (John) Hassett and Linda (Joseph) Zabawa. Margaret attended Saint Bridgids Grammar School and Bishop Quigley High School where she graduated as Valedictorian of her class.
Pat Panek, Vickie Drebot, and Phyllis Starzynski were Marge’s best pals growing up. They all hung out at Frank’s Tavern on Minton and Smith Street in “Little Hollywood”. That is where she met Anthony “Tony Starr” Starzynski in 1957. They were married in 1960. Tony enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan while Marge stayed at home on Exchange Street and took care of their four children – Tony, Tammy, Michael, and Cindy.
Marge worked for the “Aud” for many years with Bobby Strianese, Dennis Ratchuk, Slyvia Mastrocoval, Matty Kwietnewski, Artie Burns, George Gould, and many more. She eventually started working for Erie County in the Finance Department with Joe Maciejewski. She retired in 2005 but then went back as a contract employee for Joe in 2007.
In 2008, Marge’s husband Tony became ill and rather than place him in a nursing home, she stayed at home with her children and took care of him until he passed away in 2012. Marge continued working until 2016 and then said “I’m done working” and retired for good.
Marge served on the Board of Directors for the Valley Community Association, volunteered for the “Rally in the Valley” fundraiser carnival, at Valley Bingo, and at Buffalo River Fest Park for various events.
She found good in every person she ever met, no matter what their reputation might have been and enjoyed getting out and about. She delivered the Courier Express and the Buffalo News with her children as they were growing up. She was there for every dance recital, every graduation, and every play and many sporting events for both her children and grandchildren. She did all of this taking public transportation – she was the master of buses. She could tell you what number bus to take to anywhere in Western New York. She also loved sitting in her yard reading and being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She had season tickets to Shea’s Performing Arts Center with her friend Mary Nagel. Marge lived a comfortable life, always making ends meet somehow and she is missed each and every day.
She was known as Mrs. Starr, Margaret, Margie, Margery, Marge, Maggie, Grandma Margie, and Nana. But most of all she was known as Mom.
Marge passed away on June 5th, 2019 and is survived by her children – Anthony M. (Anne), Tammy L., Michael J. and Cindy Smith; grandchildren – Megan (Danny) Vogl, Brooke Smith and the late Ryan “RAS” Starzynski; and sisters Jeanne (John) Hassett and Linda (Joseph) Zabawa.