November 1998

Bernie Falkowski

by Joseph H. RADDER

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“Meeting people, sharing, feeling useful and being helpful” are what Bernie Falkowski enjoys the most about volunteering at Maplewood Health Care Center and Maplewood Residence in Cheektowaga.

After retiring from 26 years of teaching at Buffalo Public School No. 11 Bernie wanted to increase his activity level and usefulness. Today this 63 year-old brings joy and comfort to the most frail and/or confused residents. His calming personality has a positive effect on everyone.

Bernie honors any request and being over 6 feet tall with a full white beard, has even played Santa.
He takes his responsibility towards the residents seriously and they, in turn, welcome him with open arms. One resident even sings to Bernie in Polish—much to his delight.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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