Jan Madejski died peacefully at his home in Grand Island, N.Y., on Feb. 12, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Jan was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 20, 1933, and trained as an optician and served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War trained at Fort Belvoir and stationed in St. Louis, M., from 1953 to 1955. Following his military service, he enrolled at the University of Buffalo, graduating from the School of Pharmacy in 1959
Jan and his wife, Rose Mary, owned Herman-Stall Pharmacy, 251 Forest Ave., Buffalo for over 30 years. Jan was very active in his profession on a local and state level. Jan was a former president of the Erie County Pharmaceutical Association, served on the New York State Board of Pharmacy and was chairman of the Board of Pharmacy. He was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and is a James B. West Fellow of the Iroquois Trail Council in Batavia, N.Y.
Jan had many diverse interests, which he passed on to his children and grandchildren, including his Polish heritage and a lifelong love of music. He sang with the City Choir as a youth and was the only non-physician member of The Singing Doctor's performance group in the 1980's. Annually Jan and Rose Mary hosted singing parties where family and friends gathered around a great meal and then sang tunes ranging from Broadway musicals to Belafonte's Calypso music or Polish carols. Jan loved exploring other cultures and traveled extensively with his wife as well as serving on the welcoming committee for Buffalo's International Institute hosting dignitaries from foreign lands.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rose Mary Crimaldi; his children, Dr. Thomas (Sandra) Madejski, Linda (Pantelis) Panteli and Dr. Mary Ann (George) Spanos; and 10 grandchildren, Pano (Teo) Spanos, Kypros Panteli, Jan Panteli, Thomas Spanos, Gregory Madejski, James Madejski, Giovanni Madejski, Jacqueline Madejski, Joseph Madejski and Chryssie Rose Panteli.
A mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m., at St Stephen's Church 2100 Baseline Road Grand Island, N.Y. Friends were received at Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island on Friday, Feb. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Stephens RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, N.Y. or to the "Mac" McCoy/Office for the Aging Memorial Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, www.crcfonline.org.