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Alexandra (Oziemkowski) Dembecki

April 18, 1923 ~ May 10, 2023 (age 100) 100 Years Old

Alexandra Dembecki Obituary

After 100 years and 20 days of life, (1923-2023) the dancing soul of Alexandra Oziemkowski Dembecki has made her final journey west. First generation American,  Alexandra was the daughter of Bernice Darjinski Oziemkowski and Srgt. Alexander Oziemkowski, who was a member of the U.S. Calvary at Camp Custer Michigan.   Her early years were spent in upper state New York and Detroit, Michigan with four brothers and three sisters and her widowed mother. She became a jazz singer in Detroit with the Harry Sir Hagan Band and the USO.   Her experiences during the Depression and World War II instilled within her an indefatigable and brave spirit.  Love of her family, her country, her new friends, furry and otherwise, became her life-force.  She was the embodiment of “the Great Generation!”  She married a World War II veteran, John Robert Dembecki, who served in the 8th Air Force in England and was a jazz trumpet player before WWII.  They had two children, John Alexander and Marsha aka Marushka Bernice Alexandra.  After the death of her husband, Alexandra moved to Pennsylvania to live with her daughter and son-in-law Rennick Steele on their farm where her love of the arts and all living creatures found a home.   In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Alexandra’s name to Freeport Theatre Festival, which inspired her in innumerable ways. 

At the family’s request, there will be no visitation or ceremonies. A private burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan in the future at the family’s convenience. The Dennis J. Daugherty Funeral Home, 324 Fourth Street, Freeport, PA 16229. (724-295-3100) is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.

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