Florence Zebrowski, 87, A Camden Butcher

Posted: August 28, 1988

Florence Zebrowski, 87, who along with her husband, Witold, owned and operated W. Zebrowski's Butchers & Grocers in Camden for 68 years, died Friday at Red Oak Manor at the Lakeland Health Complex in Gloucester Township.

Shortly after they married, the Zebrowskis took over the butcher store from her parents, who started the business at the turn of the century, said Mrs. Zebrowski's grandson, Mark McEvoy. After her husband's death in 1963, Mrs. Zebrowski operated the store alone.

Business in the shop fell off significantly in the early 1970s, and in 1975, Mrs. Zebrowski ended regular daily hours and began filling special orders. She closed the shop a year ago because of failing health.

Because the store was across the street from St. Joseph's Church, people would ring the bell at the store after the church services and place their orders, McEvoy said.

"She provided the Polish families in the neighborhood with babka," a yeast cake popular during Christmas and Easter, McEvoy said, "and she made her own kielbasa. She had developed quite a few regular customers."

Mrs. Zebrowski was a member of St. Rita's Society, the Union of Polish Women in America Group 5 of Camden, Woodman of the World and St. Joseph's Seniors.

She also served as treasurer of the Polish Auxiliary to the West Jersey Hospital in Camden for 50 years.

Surviving are two sons, Leonard and Eugene of Camden; a daughter, Edwina Kulczynski of Westmont; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Theodore Praiss.

A viewing is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Ciechanowski Funeral Home, 1309 S. 10th St., Camden. A funeral will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A Mass will be offered at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 10th and Mechanic Streets, Camden. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Chews Landing.

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