Joan A. Powalski
Joan A. Powalski

March 18, 1930 - January 28, 2020
Born in Buffalo, New York
Resided in Eggertsville, New York
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Powalski, Joan A. (nee McNamee)
January 28, 2020, at the age of 89; beloved wife of the late Robert J. Powalski, MD; loving mother of Karen A. (James D.) Lappin, Robert J. (Cathy) Powalski, Jr., MD, Mark D. (Beth) Powalski, DDS, Lynn Marie (William Schillerstrom) Powalski, Esq.; cherished grandmother to Caitlin (Will Chesebro) Powalski, Shannon (Christian Davies, D.C.) Lappin Davies, Robert J. (Shannon) Powalski, III, James D. Lappin, Jr., Laura (Christopher) Berloth, Esq, Kevin (Christina) Lappin, Kara (Michael) Allaire, MD, Emma Schillerstrom and four great-grandchildren; dear sister of the late Albert F. McNamee. Joan was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, the first child of Alice and Albert McNamee. She graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College with a degree in Education and was a member of Delta Sigma Epilson Sorority. She then taught high school at Randolph Central near Jamestown. On June 26, 1954 at St. Vincent de Paul Church she married the love of her life, Dr. Robert J. Powalski. They raised four children, living first in the Town of Tonawanda and then Amherst for her remaining years. She was a longtime parishioner at St. Benedict's Church since 1965 and a member of the Rosary Altar Society. She was also an active member of the Marillac Guild volunteering at Sisters of Charity Hospital. Joan was an avid golfer and member of Park Country Club for over 50 years winning many tournaments and chairing many. She was still paying 18 holes in her mid 80's. Some of her happiest times were sharing holidays, birthdays and sporting events with her children, grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was extremely outgoing and spirited. She was strong willed, determined and a fighter to the end and we will love and miss her very much. The family will be present Thursday, February 6th from 4-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner Hopkins Road) where prayers will be offered on Friday, February 7th at 8 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 8:45 AM from St. Gregory the Great Church. Share condolences online at




Amherst Chapel
5200 Sheridan Drive
Amherst, NY US 14221
Thursday, February 6, 2020
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Gregory the Great Church
200 St. Gregory Court
Williamsville, NY 14221
Friday, February 7, 2020
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Mt. Olivet Cemetery
4000 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY US 14217
Friday, February 7, 2020