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Doris R. Piateski (Rebar) of Rochester, NY, formerly of Edwardsville, PA passed away on January 4, 2024 at age 99 at the Friendly Home. She was predeceased by her husband, F.J. “Pete” Piateski; parents, Alexander and Mary Rebar; siblings, Alex, John, Leo and Mary; daughter-in-law, Janet M. Piateski, and son-in-law, Henry M. Hufnagel II. She is survived by her son and daughters, James D. Piateski, Anne (William) Evans and Pamela Hufnagel; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Lugo, Erin (Larry Samuels) Piateski, Peter Hufnagel, and Julia (Mat Johnson) Evans; great-grandchildren, Alexei and Mila Lugo and Yasha and Rina Samuels-Piateski; nieces, nephews and friends.

Growing up in Edwardsville, PA, Doris assisted her father, a photographer, by retouching negatives of photos. After high school, she attended Wilkes-Barre Business College, where she learned secretarial skills. During WWII, she assisted the war effort by working in an aircraft assembly plant. Shortly after the war, she met her husband, Pete, on a blind date. They married and set up a photography studio in Auburn, NY, where she applied the skills she learned in her father’s studio. Before the birth of her first child, she also worked as a secretary for New York Assemblyman, C.A. Cusick. Doris and Pete closed the studio when Pete took a job with the DuPont Photo Products Department and relocated to Rochester. Over the years, Pete’s job led to job transfers to Buffalo, Boston, New Jersey, Rochester (again), Chicago, Frankfurt, Germany, and Wilmington, Delaware. Throughout these moves, Doris always maintained an immaculate home and lovely gardens. Although her focus was on home and family, she took on occasional jobs as a retoucher, school secretary, and retail salesperson. Her love of decorating, antiques, and gardening led her to volunteer at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE.

Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas More Church, 2617 East Avenue on Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 10:00 AM. The family will greet guests at the church before the Mass beginning at 9:00 AM. Interment will be held privately in Ascension Garden Cemetery, Henrietta, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rochester Regional Health Hospice Program (Make a Gift ‘ Rochester Regional Health Foundations (rrhgive.org) or the Friendly Home Employee Hardship Fund (Donate Now – Friendly Senior Living).

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