‘Warrior mom’ said to be WNY’s first mail carrier to die of Covid-19

Jody L. Kotowski, a postal service employee for 23 years, was a devoted wife and a champion for her special-needs daughter.

“She wanted to make sure that Francesca had as many fun, positive experiences in her life as possible,” said Kotowski’s brother, Richard Tomaszewski. “She was always so concerned about Francesca, and her whole life was spent worrying about her, at first.

The National Association of Letter Carriers union said Kotowski was the first member to die of the virus in Branch 3, which represents some 2,000 members in Western New York.

“Jody was a good friend to all letter carriers she met, she was an active carrier in Niagara Square in the Buffalo Branch 3 area, she was a past editor of their local publication,” the union said on Facebook as it urged members to wear a mask, wash their hands and socially distance.


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