Matthew Anthony Podniesinski peacefully moved into serenity with God surrounded by his beloved wife and children on June 15, 2013. As the youngest of four children of Gregory and Helen (nee Grabowski) Podniesinski, he was born on June 14, 1931 in Cheektowaga, New York.
After a long successful career in education, as a teacher and coach in the Royalton Hartland Central School District, various administrator positions, including school district superintendent, with the Bemus Point Central School District, and program director with the New York State Department of Education, he turned to helping others as a deacon through the parishes of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia, New York, and St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville, Maryland, and area hospitals. He also served his country in the United States Army. He was a former resident of Bemus Point and Fredonia, New York.
He is survived by the love of his life, which was celebrated in a marriage lasting over 59 years, Georgiana (nee Scanlon), and his seven children: Honor Marie (Ronald) Kennedy, MaryEllen (Mark) Amtower, Matthew Podniesinski, Gregory (Karen) Podniesinski, John Podniesinski, Kate Marie (Joseph) Schineller, and, Michael (Louba) Podniesinski. A devoted grandfather, he cherished his time with Sean and Mariah Kennedy, Elora and Travis Amtower, Emma and Matthew Podniesinski, Katia and Andrew Schineller, and Ian and Grace Podniesinski.
He is also survived by his dear friend and brother-in-law Walter J. Gardon and many nieces, nephews and their families.
He was a fair and forgiving man who loved his wife and children dearly and followed his calling with dedication and devotion. His commitment to serve others was given freely with humility to his community, profession and faith with sincerity and conviction.
The family suggests that remembrances be made in celebration of Matthew to Christ the King Seminary where he prepared for his journey to serve as deacon.
Remembrances may be directed to the attention of:
Monsignor James E. Wall
c/o Christ the King
711 Knox Road
East Aurora, NY 14052
Harry H. Witzke's Fami-
ly Funeral Home, Inc.