Tonawanda News


July 26, 2013

Elizabeth Volansky

TONAWANDA — Elizabeth "Betty" Anne (nee Baumgartner) Volansky passed on Thursday, July 25, 2013, after a brief and courageous struggle with brain cancer. Betty was the beloved wife of Paul M. Volansky, Sr. for 54 years until his death in 1994. She was the loving and loved mother of Paul M. (Linda Desiderio) Volansky, Jr. and Mary Ellen (Coleen Hisey) Volansky; grandmother of Melissa (Shapleigh Smith) Volansky, Andrew C. (Jennifer Hull) Volansky, Paul M. Volansky III and Michael P. Volansky; and great-grandmother of Elijah and Mia Smith and Tucker and Jaxson Volansky; and aunt to many nieces and nephews . . .we were all her favorites.

Betty was preceded in passing by her parents, Anton and Magdalena (nee Hyberger)          Baumgartner; four siblings, Lena Papp, Barb Leber, Annie Choboy Berringer and Joseph "Zep" Baumgartner, as well as their spouses; and a nephew, Robert "Bobby" Papp.

Betty worked with skill and pride in all she did, whether she was cooking great meals, managing her household, creating the next blanket or framed needlepoint, catching the largest and or the most fish, or working outside the home. Betty fished for 25 years on the Lakes of Kipawa, Canada. After Mom and Dad's retirement they moved to Florida for 18 years. She resumed fishing in her mid-80s alongside her son Paul and his family, returning to the same area of lakes.

Betty was an avid card player and played with such enthusiasm that we who knew her in Oregon designed and named a card game after her called "Buffalo Betty". Travel was also on her list of to-dos. One of her favorites was her trip to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (where Paul Sr. had visited while stationed in France during WWII). This visit to Notre Dame was on her 80th birthday, February 29, 2000. On this trip, she also visited the country of her parents' origin, an area of Hungary now called Romania, and their church.

Betty was a life-long member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Tonawanda, and a graduate of their elementary school. Mom's residence at the time of her brief illness was the Kibler Apartments, which had been her high school in the 1930s.

We cherish and thank her for the many tangible and intangible gifts that she gave to us, including being an impressive role model all the way through her last illness.

Mom, we know you worked hard, played with enthusiasm and struggled with grace. We love and miss you.

The family will receive friends from 2-5 PM on Sunday only at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 37 Adam Street at Seymour, in Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon Monday at St. Francis Chapel on Adam Street in Tonawanda. Friends invited. Inurnment at St. Francis Chapel Columbarium. Please no flowers. If desired, a memorial to Hospice Buffalo would be appreciated.  

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