Stephen E. Cieslewicz of Montgomery, NY a lifelong area resident, died Saturday December 29, 2018
at Schervier Pavilion, Warwick. He was 94.
He was the son of Polish immigrants, Julia Szmczak Cieslewicz and John Cieslewicz Sr. who
came to this country in 1915 and established a small dairy farm on Kings Road outside of
Bullville, New York. It was here that Steve was born on August 25, 1924. As a child he
walked with his brothers and sisters thru their family's fields to attend a one room schoolhouse
on Lybolt Road. Later, he obtained his education thru the 2nd years of high school at the
In 1951 he went to work at the Weld-Cox Feed Store in Bullville, N.Y. until 1963 when he
took a job at the Orange County Highway Department in Goshen, New York where he worked
as a truck driver for 24 years, until his retirement.
Steve was very proud of his Polish heritage and loved listening to his collection of polka music. He also enjoyed playing his accordion for family and friends. Steve was a great country
music fan with Gene Autry being his favorite singer. Steve was also a member of the Knights of
Columbus in the first degree.
Steve was a member of the St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Montgomery, New York.
He is survived by his sister Ann Dibble of Cadosia, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. He
was predeceased by his wife Mary Kukys Bonczek Cieslewicz, his parents John and Julia, his
Stepmother Kunegunda Olewski Cieslewicz, infant brother and sister Stanley and Mary, brother
John and wife Doris, brother Ted and wife Mary, brother Joseph and wife Stacia, sister Lucy Bastek
and husband John, sister Sophie Schoonmaker and husband George, brother-in-law Willard Dibble
and niece Barbara Campbell.
There will be no visitation. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Montgomery at a later date.