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Jozef (Joseph) C. Mazur
By Gregory L. Witul

Jozef C. Mazur was born on March 17, 1897, in Buffalo's Polish east side and baptized at St. Adalbert's Basilica.

In Masten Park High School Jozef excelled in his study of art, so much so that after his graduation he received an apprenticeship at a stained glass studio. After serving in World War I, he earned a scholarship for Buffalo (Albright) Arts School and then attended the Art Students League of New York.

Upon his return to Buffalo in 1925, Mazur received one of the most important commissions of his career: the redecoration of St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, the Mother Church of Polonia.

Over the next twenty years he decorated such churches as, St. Adalbert's Basilica, Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, and Transfiguration Church.

His most famous secular work from this time would be the bust of Chopin in front of Kleinhans Music Hall.

Starting in the early 1950's Mazur created stained glass windows for St. Rita and St. Margaret in Buffalo and Our Lady of Czestochowa in North Tonawanda.

In 1955, he decorated the University at Buffalo's Polish Room. Jozef and his wife, Stefa, donated a stained glass lamp depicting Chopin, Mickiewicz, Paderewski, and Slowacki to the University. They also included four stained glass medallions portraying Marie Curie Sklodowska, Nicolaus Copernicus, and two other famous Poles. [See Marie Curie Medallion Returns to UB Polish Collection By Way of eBay.]

By the time, Mazur completed his last stained glass commission in 1960 for SS. Peter & Paul in Hamburg his health was in decline.

After a long illness, Jozef Mazur passed away on April 23, 1970.


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