OBITUARY

Laura Maria McCormick

December 27, 1940June 24, 2018

McCORMICK - Laura(nee Rodriguez) June 24, 2018, of Hamburg, NY. Beloved wife of William McCormick. Dearest mother of Melissa (Michael) Szykowny and Laura (Nathan) Low. Cherished grandmother of Jake and Ryan Szykowny and Casey and Connor Low. Dear sister of Teresita (Ansgar) Rodriguez, Ana Mercedes (late Anwar) Rodriguez, Maria Elena Rodriguez and the late Virginia Rodriguez and Arturo Rodriguez. There will be no prior visitation. Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life at the Chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1411 Delaware Avenue on Monday, July 2 at 10AM. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, contributions may be made to the Sierra Club. Online condolences and donations may be shared at www.hoyfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, July 2, 2018
REMEMBERING

Laura Maria McCormick

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Lisa Anderson-Heintz

July 2, 2018

I was a student at West Seneca East Senior. Mrs. McCormick was an excellent teacher. She was a bit intimidating but I learned a lot and really enjoyed her classes. One thing that stands out was that she always set a timer, filling every minute of class. I also remember her talking about her daughters often. I will remember her fondly.
My thoughts go out to her loved ones.

Seema Shastri

July 1, 2018

I will always remember Mrs. McCormick as the person who taught me to love the Spanish language. She was a fun and an amazing teacher. My thoughts are with all of her family.

Maria Wilcox

July 1, 2018

I knew Laura because she subbed for me and others at Frontier High School and Middle School over the years. I remember asking her why she kept teaching after she retired and she answered, “I love the contact with students.” I was so impressed by that (she was 69 when I posed that question) and by her talents as a teacher. She was warm, caring, interested, intelligent and an inspiration to us all.

Christina DeNisco

July 1, 2018

It is with great sorrow I learn of Laura’s passing. She was my mentor my very first year of teaching. She took me under her wing and taught me the ropes. Her compassion and care helped me learn what our profession is all about. She was so professional and set the bar high. I always enjoyed hearing her stories and views on education and life. I have always been so grateful for her guidance and support. She was a powerful role model to many, but especially women. I’m sure she touched countless lives! My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Therese Warner Taha

June 30, 2018

I was once a high school Spanish student of William McCormick and had the privilege of meeting his wife while babysitting the girls. My deepest condolences on the loss of this beloved wife, mother, grandmother and teacher.

Uds. están en mis oraciones.
atentamente,
Therese Warner Taha
Bilingual Speech Pathologist
HHS class of 1976

Anne Pawlowski

June 29, 2018

As a teacher, she touched so many of us. She taught us, cared about us, and we had so much fun along the way. She took us to Mexico on a school trip and I know we weren’t the easiest kids to manage. But she did somehow; and I have remembered that trip my entire life. I look back at my years of high school Spanish with such fondness. Thank you Mrs. McCormick for leaving a piece of yourself with each one of us. Love and prayers to her family.
Anne Pawlowski
Class of 1986
West Seneca East

Dana McManus

June 28, 2018

Laura was a strong, intelligent, and independent thinker. She was a woman who naturally inspired and supported others on their own personal path and journey. She was always kind and took the time to get to know and understand her colleagues and her students. Laura was joyful, energetic, and passionate about learning about the world around her. Her smile lit up the room. She loved her family deeply and was dedicated to it. On a personal level, she inspired and encouraged me as a person but especially as an educator. There are no words to express this loss. It hurts to use the past tense in referring to this amazing soul. To quote a song of friendship, “For Good,” Laura has left a “handprint on my heart” that can never be erased. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you find the way to heal and move forward.

Jackie Kivari

June 26, 2018

Laura made me feel welcome & valued as a colleague when I worked with her in West Seneca. She always took the time to smile & listen. Such a great lady!! I’m sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY