Ronald P. Konieczny, 70 of Akron and Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (May 25, 2018) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
He was born in Batavia on May 14, 1948, a son of the late Albert and Helena Mruczek Konieczny
He was a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame High School and a 1967 graduate of Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY.
After receiving his New York State Funeral Directors License in May of 1969 he volunteered for the draft and entered the U.S. Army. His military service was a Medic with the 13th Field Hospital and 15th Evac. Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA during the Vietnam War having achieved the rank of Specialist 4th Class.
After his honorable discharge, he purchased the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home in Batavia from the estate of the late Joseph Leonard McAndrew in 1971. He later expanded the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home to Akron, NY in 1982 and constructed a new funeral home on 2 Bogue Ave., in Batavia in 1995.
He served in many community interests including past Adjutant, Vice Commander and Commander of the American Legion Post 332 in Batavia where he achieved Honorary Life Membership Status. Vice Commander of the L.L. Tillman Post American Legion in Akron. He also served as member of the Genesee Veterans Honor Guard and Color Corps and was the chairman and designer of the Veterans War Memorial Monument that is erected and dedicated on Veterans Park next to the Jerome Center on Bank St. in Batavia. He was a member of and past Board of Director of the Polish Falcons of America, past president of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, past president of the Genesee County Funeral Directors Assoc., past president of the Akron Lions Club and past Genesee County Coroner from 1978 to 1982. He attained the position of Grand Knight when a member of the Msgr. Kirby Council Knights of Columbus in Batavia and Faithful Navigator of the Msgr. Wurtz Assembly (4th Degree) in Clarence. He enjoyed being a member and past Captain of the Color Corps of the Msgr. Wurtz Assembly.
As a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Akron he devoted his Christian life as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector.
His survivors include his devoted wife of 43 years, Nancy Pulvino Konieczny. A son and daughter in-law, Ronald and Cynthia Konieczny of Batavia. Most loving daughters and sons in-law, Kristen and Michael Sikora of Franklinville, NY and Lauren and William Casale of N. Tonawanda, NY. His precious grandchildren, Brianna and Collin Casale, Ava and Ayden Casale, Elizabeth Sikora and Nathan and Natalie Konieczny. Brother, Jerome (Cheryl) Konieczny of Boca Raton, FL. Several nieces, nephews and wonderful cousins survive with two aunts, Mildred (late Walter) Mruczek of Corfu and Caroline (late Albene) Mruczek of Batavia. He is the brother of the late Joseph R. Konieczny who died in 2002.
Relatives and friends may share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (May 29th) from 3-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC (Batavia location), 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY and Wednesday (May 30th) from 3-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC (Akron location), 32 John St., Akron, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10:00am at St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church, 5771 Buell St., Akron. He will be laid to rest with full Military Honors in St. Joseph Cemetery in Batavia, awaiting the construction of the future Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke, NY.
Flowers are gratefully declined and those desiring may make memorial contributions to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020, St. Joseph School, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY 14020 or Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, 901 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203. Please share your memories with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.