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Beatrice Catherine Wadzinski McKenzie

February 18, 2013
The Post-Journal

Beatrice Catherine Wadzinski McKenzie passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in Jamestown, N.Y. Born in Nanticoke, Luzerne County, Pa. on Sept. 7, 1917, she was the third child and second daughter of John and Katherine (Olszewski/Olshefski) Wadzinski. Beatrice graduated from Nanticoke High School in 1935. She was a member of the 1935-36 state champion Monarch A.C. basketball team. Recognizing the value of a college education and determined to get her degree, she worked at the General Cigar Mill in Nanticoke and at various Pocono resorts and restaurants as a waitress to earn money for college tuition. In 1943, Beatrice graduated from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College with a B.S. in health education and began her teaching career as a physical education teacher at Otto Town-ship High School in the Otto Eldred School District, McKean County, Pa. In 1947 she met her husband, Robert L. "Mac" McKenzie. They married on Dec. 20, 1948, at St. Bonaventure College, Olean, N.Y. The Rev. James Rigney, OFM officiated. They were a devoted and loving couple until Robert's death on Nov. 7, 2008.



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