Margaret (“Maggie”) Klimczyk of Mars, PA (formerly of Olean, NY), beloved daughter, sister and aunt passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 2, 2020 after a brief illness.
Maggie was born December 31, 1959 in St Francis Hospital in Olean, NY to Mark J and Nancy Shearer Klimczyk. Both of her parents predeceased her, with her mother passing on January 4, 2022.
Maggie graduated from Olean High School. While there she was a member of the OHS Golf Team and sang in the chorus. She participated in many All- County and All-State Music events and spent one summer touring Europe and singing in Joseph Crupi’s chorus.
Maggie attended Wells College and graduated in 1981 with Distinction in the special field of History and Public Policy. At graduation she received the Julia Taylor Martin Prize in American History. While in college she interned for WNY Congressman Stanley Lundine. Her sojourn in Washington led her to decide on the law as an avocation.
After applying and being accepted to a number of law schools, she chose Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. To help defray the cost of law school, she had a number of jobs at the university and in town. Most notably she would talk about the job she took on the pig farm to make help defray expenses. Maggie graduated from Drake University in 1984 with a dual Doctorate in Jurisprudence and master’s degree in Business Administration.
Maggie worked in Iowa for a short time after graduation before relocating back East. In 1987 she began her career as a lawyer with Chubb Insurance which offered her the chance to work and see the world. In addition to working in several US cities, she also spent time working in their offices in Canada, Australia, London and most recently their office in Bermuda.
Maggie loved to travel and enjoyed her trip with St. John’s Parish to Italy. Most recently she toured Ireland with her sister. She also enjoyed eating at the Beef N Barrel on her many return trips to Olean.
Once Maggie’s mother moved from Olean to Pennsylvania Maggie took a job with Chubb working from home so that she could spend time with her.
Maggie was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. She attended many Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games, in addition to a Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Games and the Pirates Pennant Game in 2015. She volunteered at the Men’s and Women’s PGA US Open events at Oakmont Golf Course and also at the 2006 MLB All Star Game that was held in Pittsburgh, PA. She also enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia.
Maggie was a philanthropist and enjoyed donating to various local charities, in addition to her church and other religious causes.
Maggie was always ready to help her family at a moment’s notice. She will be greatly missed by her sister, Karen Klimczyk, her brothers Tim (Leshel) Klimczyk, Tom (Debra) Klimczyk and Kevin (Amy) Klimczyk., and her seven nieces and nephews: Justin Klimczyk, Christian Klimczyk, Tyler Klimczyk, Lauren Klimczyk, Alex Matthews, Jamie Klimczyk and Anne Marie Klimczyk and two great nephews; Davis and Cooper Matthews. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Robert P. Isaac, Jr.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 9:30 am at St Bonaventure Parish, 95 East Main Street, Allegany, NY 14706, with a mass of remembrance. Burial to follow at St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the organ fund at The Basilica of St. Mary’s of the Angel’s Church, Olean, NY (https://smaolean.org/give) the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation (https://www.pittsburghpenguinsfoundation.org/) or the religious organization of the donor’s choice. Local arrangements are under the care of Guenther Funeral Home Inc., Olean, New York. Online condolences can be expressed at www.guentherfh.com