Life Story for
Dorota "Dorothy" Poniatowska
Dorothy Alexandra Poniatowski (nee Stachnik) was born on Wednesday, October 2, 1963 in Gdynia, Poland, the daughter of Teresa and Casimir, and sister of Renata. From a young age she exhibited a sublime brilliance, ambition, and intellectual prowess, which of course reflected in her exemplary academic performance. After graduating the Waclaw SierpinskiHigh School in Gdynia, Dorothy received a full state scholarship for collegiate study abroad in Bulgaria. She defended her master's thesis in 1986 and was awarded the degree of Master of Economics in Tourism Management from the Economics University of Varna.
Her next years Dorothy spent on journeys throughout the world, traveling to the Middle East, the Mediterranean basin, and in the Caribbean, at last emigrating to America in 1990. There she decided to pursue a new life in New York, where she met her husband of 22 years, Gregory. They were wed on September 3, 1993, about a month before the birth of their first born son, Adrian.
God abundantly blessed the young family, which settled inGreenpoint, a Polish Brooklyn neighborhood. In 1997, thefraternal twins Konrad and Julian were born, and on the cuspof the third millenium, Adam. While taking care of her children and the home, Dorothy decided to return to school to obtain her academic credential in administration. She was awarded the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting in 2001 after completing her studies at Baruch College.
She entered the federal civil service after being appointed as Regulatory Auditor for the U.S. Customs Service in 2001, which later became a part of a new agency, Customs and Border Protection. She discharged her duties with characteristic precision and attention to propriety. Yet, after surviving a tragic car accident on Palm Sunday in 2008 (in which almost the entire family died), she was awarded disability retirement.
Always taking care about the education of her sons, she made the bold decision to homeschool them for two years. During this time she also traveled, to the extent possible, to numerous countries around the world, among them her native Poland, France, Italy, Egypt, the Holy Land, Jordan, Canada, and the Caribbean, oftentimes taking her entire family. She always loved to enjoy her journeys in the company of her sons, teaching and showing them the breathtaking beauty of the world. Nevertheless, the most precious of these experience are the result of a family pilgrimage to Rome in February 2004, when the Poniatowski family met privately with the Holy Father, St. John Paul the Great, thanks to a good family friend, Sister Miriam Luszczek.
However, Dorothy was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012. She never gave up, seeking all possible ways of treating her disease in the world's leading oncology clinics in New York, Los Angeles, and in Houston. At the beginning of 2015, she was declared disease free and sent home to enjoy her life. Sadly, the relief did not last long as metastasis to the brain was discovered in late 2015. Miraculously, Dorothy kept fighting the terminal disease, showing determination in the face of overwhelming odds, complications, and reactions. Christmas 2015 and Easter 2016 she spent in the comfort of her family, surrounded by constant care and tenderness. Despite aggressive therapy, Dorothy died suddenly in a hospital during a checkup for her condition on June 25, 2016 in Brooklyn. In accordance with her wishes, she will be buried in the United States, where her family will take care of her body, unceasingly praying for the grace of eternal glory for her soul.
Eternal rest grant onto Dorothy, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace eternal, Amen