Buffalo butter lamb creator Dorothy Malczewski dies, leaves legacy
blog by S.J. Velasquez • April 29, 2013 @ 9:49am
Dorothy Malczewski, owner of Malczewski’s Chicken Shop in the Broadway Market and “mother of the butter lambs,” died Saturday, but her legacy will undoubtedly live on in her family and among Western New Yorkers.
The butter lamb, traditionally served by Polish families during the Easter season, was made popular—particularly in the Buffalo area—by Malczewski, who said in a 2004 WBFO interview that the tradition started 45 years earlier.
Her father, Malczewski explained in a Buffalo News article, returned from Poland with a small wooden mold that she would eventually use as the model for the popular butter lamb shape dominating Western New York dinner tables on Easter Sunday.
The Malczewski family sold the poultry business to Camellia Foods earlier this year, according to the Tonawanda News.
A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, 130 Como Park Blvd. in Cheektowaga. Visitation hours will be help 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pacer Funeral Home, 2275 George Urban Blvd.