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Dolores Mosakowski, we are grateful

Dolores Mosakowski

“She had an energy beyond her years.  And a love to help others.  Volunteering was her gift, among others.”  “She was indeed a wonderful woman!” “I really enjoyed working with Dolores.  We had the same mind with a cleaning out!  She was a treasure.”

These are a few of the responses received from volunteers at Saint Benedict Education Center’s Treasures & Such upon hearing of the death of a co-worker, Dolores Mosakowski.

Those who worked with her at SBEC immediately speak of Dolores’ energy; her spirit; her good will.  She came to the store to work and they experienced her determination to get things done.  It was easy to get caught up in her fast pace and desire to accomplish much – but on those days when one couldn’t keep up, we knew enough to move aside and watch her in amazement.  Another volunteer shared, “I remember her well and worked with her many times.  She was a great lady who was much older than I thought she was!”  Dolores was 92 when she died on November 8, 2020.

Dolores was interviewed for an SBEC volunteer profile in April 2016.  In response to some questions, she shared these reflections on her work with the refugees:  “It gets you thinking how it would be if I were in their place.  I give them a lot of credit.  Working at the store opens your eyes to how difficult it is to live in a strange land.  You acquire a respect for these refugees and their struggles.”

In this same profile, interviewer Joanne Cahill wrote:  “One struggle that Dolores observed is that the refugees do not have cars and walk or take public transportation everywhere, covering long distances to go about their daily routine.  Dolores has learned to pack any fragile items carefully so they arrive home safely.”

It was this sensitivity to the particular circumstances and needs of our participants, as well as her desire to be attentive to them, that characterized Dolores.  She was not only an energetic worker of great focus, she was also kind and thoughtful.

Her care of others extended far beyond SBEC.  Certainly her family was at the center of Dolores’ life.  Her church community, Holy Rosary Parish, with its many ministries and opportunities for service was important to her.  In addition, Dolores was involved with St. Mark’s Seminary Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, and St. Mary’s Home of Erie.  

Dolores’ involvement at St. Mary’s became the source of laughter and some teasing in our interactions.  She would talk about some of the ways she helped “the elderly” there.  We’d quickly remind her that she was older than most of those “elderly” she was helping.

One of the commitments undertaken by Holy Rosary Parish every March was preparing and serving dinner to the guests who were homeless at Our Neighbors’ Place, when it was hosted at St. John the Baptist Parish.  As Mary Hoffman and Mary Ellen Lieb from St. John’s shared,  “Dolores came with her friends from Holy Rosary Parish every March to cook and sometimes serve a delicious beef stew dinner, always with a smile on her face, to the guests at Our Neighbors’ Place.”

Dolores Mosakowski shared her life with so many.  We, at Saint Benedict Education Center, are grateful she gave some of her care and compassion – some of her spirit and energy – to us.  We will miss her.
 

Holy Rosary Church was important in Dolores' life
Holy Rosary Church was important in Dolores' life
Dolores with friends from Holy Rosary Church
Dolores with friends from Holy Rosary Church
Dolores preparing something special for dinner
Dolores preparing something special for dinner
For the hungry people who are waiting
For the hungry people who are waiting
Dolores served for years at St. Mary's Home
Dolores served for years at St. Mary's Home
We will remember her smile
We will remember her smile