Biography: MARION A. CIEREK
ONEIDA CASTLE – Marion Irene Cierek, 87, State Street, died Friday, November 21, 2014, surrounded by her loving family, in the Oneida Healthcare Center.
Born in the Town of Verona on November 6, 1927, she was the daughter of Philip and Philomena Ferris Awad. A lifelong resident of
Oneida, Marion was a graduate of Oneida High School. She married Walter J. Cierek in Oneida on June 3, 1967. Walter passed away 20 years later on June 7, 1987.
Surviving Marion are her brother, Joseph P. Awad, Sr. of Oneida; 2 nephews and a niece, Joseph P. (Julie) Awad of Muttontown, NY, James E. (Maureen) Awad of Liverpool, NY and Rosemary Awad of Oneida, NY; 2 great nephews and 3 great nieces, Matthew Awad (Sandra) of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Jason Awad (Elisha) of Liverpool, NY, Alexandria Awad of Washington, D.C., Ariana Awad of Washington, D.C., and Katharine Awad of Arlington, Virgina; 3 great- great nephews: Christian, Braden, and Wills Awad. She is survived by step daughter Debra Cierek of Bellingham, WA. Marion was predeceased by brother George P. Awad and his wife, Mary, and sister-in-law Theresa E. Awad.
Marion was always very generous of her time and demonstrated unending loyalty to improving the City of Oneida. Her devotion to the
Oneida community and civic affairs was groundbreaking. Marion’s manner of accomplishing her good deeds for the community was thoughtful and unique. Marion was President of the Oneida Chamber of Commerce and Director of its Board, having continuously chaired its
Annual Banquet for more than 25 years. Following her 1988 induction as one of the first two women members of Rotary Club, Marion created and oversaw the Rotarian Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need and those who could not be with family. Since 1986, she served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Marion served for 25 years on both the Oneida City School Long Range Planning Board and Day Care Planning Board, and was a member of the Oneida City Police Department candidate screening committee since 1989. She was President and Director of the United
Way. Through her leadership at the Oneida Healthcare Foundation, Marion oversaw numerous fundraising campaigns that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Oneida Hospital/Oneida Healthcare Center.
Mrs. Cierek broke new ground for women business persons when she became licensed as a real estate broker in 1975 and opened Cierek Realty Inc. at the Oneida Hotel in 1981. Prior to establishing her real estate career, Marion worked as a legal secretary with Attorney Martin Angelino. Marion was a charter member and President of the Oneida Chapter National Secretaries Association and was named Secretary of the Year in 1956. Among many of Mrs. Cierek’s most distinguished awards in her lifetime, were the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce “1997 Distinguished Service Award”, The Oneida Rotary Roses to the Living Award of 1997, the 2001 Madison/Cortland Counties ARC Volunteer of the Year, a Paul Harris Fellow of Oneida Rotary, Who’s Who in American Real Estate, and the Mayoral appointment as Chair of the 100th Anniversary of the City of Oneida Charter, and Business at its Best.
Marion was a lifelong communicant of St. Patrick’s Church, was a director of the Oneida Community Mansion House, Director of the
Kallet Civic Center Board and president of the Oneida City Bowling League.
Marion’s commitment to her family has left an enduring mark for generations. Her resilience, work ethic, and wit were exemplar for our family and her friends. The joy and warmth she brought to holiday and family celebrations will survive beyond her passing. Her cooking was greatly enjoyed and will be missed, especially her legendary cheesecake.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 AM Wednesday, November 26, from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main St., Oneida and 10 AM Wednesday from St. Patrick’s Church, where the Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Reverend William Mesmer. Interment will be made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-7 PM on Tuesday. Contributions may be made to Oneida Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 705, Oneida, NY 13421 or Oneida Rotary Club, c/o Donald Dew, 544 Florence Ave, Oneida, NY 13421. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com.
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