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Urbanczyk, Ronald K. - December 16, 2020

URBANCZYK - Ronald K. December 16, 2020; beloved husband of Kathy (nee Dreja); dear father of Lori and Brian (Kayla); son of the late Brownie and Adele; brother of Daniel (Judy); brother-in-law of the late Ronald (Ellen) Dreja; also survived by nephews and nieces. Visitation Sunday, 2-6 PM, at the PACER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1629 Electric Avenue, Lackawanna (Jos. M. Litwin Chapel). In accordance with NYS Guidelines, face covering and occupancy limitations will be observed. Mass of Christian Burial at Queen of Angels Church, Electric Ave., at Warsaw Street, Lackawanna, Monday, 10 AM. Please assemble at church. Private internment to follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Ron was inducted in the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame in 2011 and the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame in 2016. He was the leader of The New Direction Polka Band and a member of various Polka Organizations. Flowers gratefully declined. Share online condolences at www.PACERFUNERALHOME.com

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12/18/2020

Kathy, Lori, Brian I was shocked and very saddened to hear of Ron’s illness and passing. I will be praying for Ron and your whole family during this difficult period. Buffalo has lost a tremendous polka personality and booster... again I am so sorry for your (and our) loss. Bill Kuczmanski (The Auslanders)

Bill Kuczmanski
Derby NY
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12/18/2020

Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time -- sorry we can't attend -- John & Irene Czajka, Winona, Ontario

12/18/2020

Lori and Bryan, My heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father. I often saw him at dances at Zabawa in Erie and the Springs. He brought so much to polka music and happiness to people. May he and those who have gone before us rest in God's peace and light. And may you and your family know strength and love in the days ahead. You are in the thoughts of more people than you know.

Gary Loncki
Erie, Pa.
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12/18/2020

I'm so sorry to hear about Ron, words will never be enough, but my thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I always enjoyed talking with him at the various events, and he will definitely be missed by many.

Matt Loncki
Erie, Pa.

12/18/2020

I was so saddened to hear that Ron passed. He will be greeted in heaven by his old friend, Michael Anderson. We all worked together at Moore Business Forms in its good days. I later worked again with Ron when he came to HSBC to run the WHIRL Project.

Sherry Miller
Grand Island, NY
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12/18/2020

Our continued prayers for the family we are so sad 😞❤️To you all. Wish we could be there

Dan and Barbara Diesel
Titusville, Florida
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12/18/2020

My heart breaks for all of you! He was a great man who enjoyed life to the fullest! He was a man that made people feel good with his polka music or took the time to know what was new and interesting in your life. The way I see it... he’s with my dad and Eddie B making polka music alive in heaven.

Sylvia Kedzierski-Wilson
St. Catharines, Ontario Canada
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12/18/2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We love you all.

The Trkulja Family
Titusville, Fl
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12/18/2020

God Bless Ron May he RIP. Sorry for the loss of a great man.

Rick Koritkowski
Binghamton NY
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12/18/2020

Dear, Kathy, Lori and Brian(Kayla)please accept my deepest condolences. Ron was one of the greatest guys I knew. God bless.

Edwin Rajewski
Buffalo
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12/19/2020

I wish I could be there to pay my respects to a very kind and gentle soul that never faltered to welcome me with open arms. I will forever miss the bar talk. He always made me feel like one of his own. Rest in peace my friend! May perpetual light shine upon you.

Keith Pietranczyk
Bolingbrook, IL
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12/19/2020

Dear Kathy, Lori, Brian, Kayla & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Ron’s family and my Grandparents were very close after arriving from Poland. They referred to each other as family even though we are not blood related. May God bless all of you during this rough time period. Gail

Gail Wojtowicz
Lancaster, NY
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12/19/2020

I am so very sorry to hear of Ron passing. He was a great person and loved playing polka music for all. He will be missed by many. May god watch over you during this time.

Ivan Mayers
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12/19/2020

As a member of the Auslanders band, I am grateful for the times we had together at joint Polish/German festivals! Going back to the late 1970’s, we provided a lot of entertainment! I’m going to miss you, God willing, we’ll set up again sometime. Bleibt Im. Ruhr!

Frank Wailand
West Seneca, New York
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12/19/2020

The world has lost an incredible life. You have my sincere condolences and my deepest sympathies. May he R.I.P.

Alice Fischler
Grimsby, Ontario
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12/19/2020

Dear Kathy, Phil and I were so sorry to hear about Ron. We remember him fondly as the smiling guy who always had a funny line or joke for you. He was a proud polish performer and we are honored to say that his “Pole-Cats” band played at our wedding in 1975. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Phil & Carol (Urbanczyk) Spaeth

Philip & Carol(Urbanczyk) Spaeth
Coopersburg, PA
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12/19/2020

Kathy and Brian: Joe Fojtik, Ken Yagelski and I worked with your Dad at the World Concertina Congress on a number of projects over the past two years. We all loved him, and miss him dearly. He was always a positive force for good within the organization. Please know you are all in our prayers at this very difficult time. God Bless.

Jim Paprocki
Mukwonago, WI
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12/19/2020

Kathy, Lori, Brian, and Kayla our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you through these sorrowful times. His memory will live on in the beautiful gift of music left behind in the form of many musical recordings and television shows. He will certainly be missed by all.

Jason & Lori Ann Meder
Tonawanda, NY
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12/19/2020

Kathy and Family my wife and I are so saddened to learn about Ron;'s passing. I worked with Ron at Moore Research for many years. We send our thoughts and prayers to you and all your family.

David and Leslie Wagner
Amherst New York
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12/19/2020

Dear Kathy, Lori, Brian and Kayla, We are saddened beyond belief with the loss of our dear friend Ron. There was not a finer example of a man that did it all. He was the best husband, father, brother, son and friend that anyone could have wanted to be part of their lives. We looked up to him, he was our leader in the friendship we have shared with you over all these years. His words will be appreciated, his actions will be lovingly remembered by anyone he encountered, but the feelings he left with us, will be forever etched in our hearts. Ron would have appreciated a sport theme, “God’s home team” just got a lot stronger. Be well, rest well, take care of yourselves, all of our love...Brian, Laurie and our angel Lindsay

Brian Watkins
Richards Landing
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12/19/2020

Dear Kathy and family, We are shocked and saddened to hear of Ron's passing. From our days at SJV to all of his music he was a bright energetic light. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Patricia and Darryl Szarpa
Cooperstown, New York. buhfq
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12/19/2020

Dear Kathy and family, I am so very sad to hear of Ron’s passing. My 90 year old mother Mary Anne from Niagara Falls was his biggest fan. He always singled her out and played the polka Mariska Moya for her. Going to hear the New Direction is the one thing she has loved most in the last few years. And your husband’s kindness to her made her smile for days afterward. My extended family would see them at the Echo Club, Polish Nook and many other venues and extend their deepest condolences as well. My heart is heavy for you and your family. Ron was one in a million I have no idea how to tell my mother, she will be heartbroken. Please know I am keeping you and your children in my prayers.

Cindy Niezgoda
North Tonawanda, NY
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12/20/2020

Kathy, Lori and Brian, I’m so saddened to hear about Ron’s passing. He was always with a big smile on his face when I saw him at Polka Dances. I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Alina Miziolek
Toronto, Ontario
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12/20/2020

shocked-ron gave me a call and the opportunity to play in the band.it was a short run for me (5-7-2019 to present), memories I'll remember the rest of my life. rest-in-peace, god bless the urbanczyk family.

eddie szramka
springville,ny
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12/20/2020

FreddyK and I were saddened to hear about Ron's passing. Our prayers and condolences go out to Lori, Kathy and Brian. He was a great concertina player and musician and a wonderful person. We're sure he was welcomed with open arms into that great Polka Band in Heaven.

Linda Kendzierski
Bonita Springs, Florida
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12/20/2020

Kathy, Lori, Brian (Kayla), Camille and I are so very sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We are very glad we had the opportunity to attend the Grand Rapids wedding last year of Brian and Kayla and to visit with you and Ron and catch up. You are all in our prayers.

Mike and Camille Bodziak
Grand Rapids, MI
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12/20/2020

Lorrie and I are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I worked with Ron at HSBC. We saw the band at K of C dance nights. Ron was such a gentle, joyful soul. He will be missed. Your neighbors, Terry & Lorrie O'Shei

Terry O'Shei
Crownland Circle
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12/20/2020

My condolences to Ron's family. I haven't seen him in many years, but we went to school together. He was always a very nice guy. He will be missed.

Sally Kolenac
Graham, NC
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12/21/2020

With Deepest Sympathy, Your Friends at PCB

PCB
Depew, NY
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12/21/2020

we are sadden to hear about Ron . Ron is a great guy he touched many hearts in many ways. his smile music he will be missed by us all Rest in peace RON. you will never be forgotten

Lauri and allen Brodlowicz
Buffalo
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12/21/2020

Dear Kathy, Lori, Brian and Kayla; My heart breaks for you all with the loss of Ron. There are no words to do justice to someone who was so kind to so many, including myself. I will deeply miss the many gatherings. You Kathy, Ron and the Band brought so much light, music and yes joy into my life. ( #1 fan of the Buffalo connections show )

Mary Pioli
Niagara Falls
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12/21/2020

Dear Kathy, Lori, Brian and Kayla. We are saddened to hear of your loss of Ron. The first time we met Kathy and Ron was in Aruba, we hit it off and had a blast and have been friends ever since. What a great guy! He will be missed. All of you are in our thoughts Prayers.

Bob and Jan Zima
Palos Hills, IL
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12/23/2020

Dear Kathy, Brian and Lori. I just lost my best friend, golf buddy and all-around beautiful person. We always had a great time together on vacations, polka dances, wine tastings and just spending time with you and Ronny. It was a total shock to me to find out that he was sick and I figured that he would survive the corona virus. Kathy, you and Ronny were the perfect couple together and I always envied your relationship. You were the perfect couple. I said prayers every day to pray for his recovery, but Im sure he is in heaven watching over us. Im very sorry that I didnt come up from Florida for the wake and funeral and I have felt bad not being there in person to be there for you and the family. Please call me when you feel you can talk and let me know if there is anything I can do for you. I'm also in semi isolation in Florida since some of my friends have had positive Covid test results. Again, I'm deeply sorry that a great person and friend is gone and I wont see him again. God bless. Also, is there a charity that you would like me to contribute to. Dennis Ratajczak

Dennis Ratajczak
Bradenton, Florida
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01/01/2021

Kathy, Brian, Lori and Families; Our sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one, and our friend Ron. We are so saddened in hearing of his passing, and we were so thrilled to have the fun times meeting and hanging out w/U all last Nov while Polkas were entertaining us in St Maarten. It was great to have the acquaintances, U’re a Gem Ron. Kathy, our hearts send outpouring LOVE 💕 to you today, and every day!! If U ever wanna go on a Polka Trip,I’ll ne sure to be a good companion for ya!! God Bless you all thru this tender time!!

Jim & Madeline Houdek
Northern Lower MI
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