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Antonia C. (Waranowski) Benirowski

Antonia C. (Waranowski) Benirowski, 87, wife of Richard “Chick” Benirowski  of Danvers, formerly longtime resident of Ipswich, died Wednesday June 17, 2009 in the Salem Hospital following her brief illness.

Born in Ipswich December 4, 1921, daughter of the late Anthony and Katherine (Waz) Waranowski, she was raised in Ipswich, and was a graduate of Ipswich High School and the Chandler School of Business in Boston.

Married in the former Sacred Heart Church in Ipswich in 1946, the Benirowskis made their home and raised their two daughters on Estes Street. She and her husband were the founders and owners of the popular Riverview Pizza Restaurant in Ipswich for over thirty-eight years. Retiring in 1985, the Benirowskis moved to their present home in Danvers.

Mrs. Benirowski was a longtime communicant of Sacred Heart Church, the former St. Alfonsus Church of Danvers, and most recently St. Richards Church in Danvers, and was a member of the PLAV Auxiliary Post #92 of Ipswich.

Throughout the years she enjoyed many trips to Europe with her family and friends, including numerous excursions to Poland with visits to the villages of her ancestors.

She will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her Polish pride, and her “green thumb”. In retirement she and her husband were enthusiastic Boston sports fans, and followed their grandchildren’s local basketball teams.

In addition to her husband of sixty-three years, she is survived by two daughters, Joann Lampropoulos and her husband Peter of Ipswich and Jayne Canty and her husband Sean of Danvers; four grandchildren, Sarah Bastille Haberman and her husband Matthew of Brookline, Katherine DeFrank and her husband Jeff of Haverhill and Ryan and Jaclyn Canty both of Danvers; a great grandchild Chloe DeFrank of Haverhill, and a niece Sharon Spittle of Ipswich. She was the sister of the late Zygmund Waranowski, Edward Waranowski and Priscilla Spittle, all formerly of Ipswich.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9 am Monday June 22, 2009 in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the  Massachusetts Special Olympics-North Section, 450 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923 and or LaSallette Faith Community, PO Box 210, Topsfield, MA 01983.

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