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Obituary of Maria Klimaszewski

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Maria Klimaszewski died on February 24, 2024 in Groton, NY where she resided for 61 years. Mrs. Klimaszewski was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Walter Klimaszewski in 2008, and by their daughter Annie in 1984. She is survived by her children Nicolai (Cathy) Klimaszewski, Elizabeth Vincent, Daniel (Kelly Smith) Klimaszewski, and Michael Klimaszewski; 7 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.


Maria was born in 1925 in Poltava, Ukraine to Jan and Anna Tarasenko. She emigrated to the United States after World War II with her husband and young son Nicolai. She moved with her family to the Cortland area in 1952. Maria’s family was the center of her life, and her home was a gathering place on many happy occasions for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and sewing, and was employed at the Cortland Corset Company for many years.

Calling hours will be held from 5-8 pm on Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Zirbel Funeral Home, 115 Williams Street, Groton, NY. Interment at the Groton Rural Cemetery will be scheduled in the spring.

Donations in Maria’s memory may be made to either of the two local organizations that provided so much support and comfort to Maria in her later years; Hospicare of Ithaca, and Meals on Wheels (Foodnet of Ithaca).

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