Date Posted: December 19th, 2022
Written by Michael Pettinella
BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Nancy Walczyk, former longtime association manager of the New York State Women’s Bowling Association and recipient of the 2014 Helen Baker Award from the United States Bowling Congress, passed away on Saturday (Dec. 17, 2022) after a brief illness.
She was 79.
A lifelong Buffalo area resident, Walczak retired from USBC service in 2013 following a 40-year career in all aspects of bowling. The Helen Baker Award for Outstanding Service recognized her contributions to the sport at the local, state and national levels.
Walczyk began her involvement in bowling as secretary/treasurer of the Erie County Suburban Women's Bowling Association for eight years and then went on to become president of the Erie County Young American Bowling Alliance for six years.
In 1984, she was hired by the New York State WBA and began a 26-year career as secretary/treasurer and association manager at the state level. She also served as secretary/treasurer of the New York State Bowling Council for 15 years, was on the New York State USBC Transition Committee, and served on the NYS USBC Board of Directors for the first two years of the merged association’s existence.
She was instrumental in the growth of NYS Women's Championships, getting the sport of bowling into the Empire Games and overseeing scholarship programs for the NYS Youth Association. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including election to the Erie County Suburban Hall of Fame and NYSWBA Hall of Fame.
Walczyk is survived by her husband, Daniel, and daughters, Becky Walczyk and Lisa Seider. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cards can be sent to Daniel Walczyk, 6572 Hillcroft Drive, Boston, NY 14025.