Danuta Teresa Semczuk-Mazurkiewicz

March  10th, 1940 March  28th, 2024
Philadelphia, PA
Danuta Teresa Semczuk-Mazurkiewicz


Danuta Teresa Semczuk-Mazurkiewicz, DMD, PhD, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, peacefully passed away in her home on March 28, 2024 – at the age of 84. Born on March 10, 1940, in Sambor, Poland (present-day Ukraine), Danuta was the only child of Janina Hobler of Lwów, Poland (present-day Ukraine) and Aleksander Semczuk of Kołomyja, Poland.

Danuta met Marian Mazurkiewicz, born in Malkowicze, Poland (present-day Belarus) in 1961 at a dance class held at his college dorm. They married in a civil wedding ceremony in Wrocław, Poland, on June 17, 1964, and a church ceremony in Nowy Sącz, Poland, on October 18, 1964. Their daughters were born in Wrocław, Poland. Jadwiga Agata was born in 1965, and Anna Maria in 1974. Danuta earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree and PhD in Dentistry in Wrocław, Poland, in 1964 and 1971, respectively. Danuta worked at Akademia Medyczna in Wrocław, Poland, for many years. She enjoyed working with dentistry students and helping patients who came to the clinic for free dental care.

Danuta loved to travel. She visited many countries on several continents. Some of her more exotic exploits included Egypt, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Danuta was an inspired cook and an adventurous baker and enjoyed entertaining guests. The parties she planned were famous for attention to detail, homemade delicacies, and impeccable presentation. She is remembered for always finding ways to improve the preparation of Polish dishes, such as cooking cabbage for gołąbki in a microwave instead of boiling in a pot. She imparted upon her children and grandchildren the significance of traditions and their Polish heritage. As a devout Catholic, she frequently turned to her rosary in moments of dire necessity, offering prayers on behalf of each of us. We return the favor now as we pray for her.

Danuta moved to the United States of America following Marian in 1981 and became a U.S. citizen in 2000. She traveled between the USA and Poland for some time, eventually settling in the USA for good since her children and grandchildren lived there. Two homes were built in Rolla, MO, another was purchased in Dallas, PA, and finally, a condo was built in Philadelphia, PA.

Danuta is survived by her husband Marian, two daughters, Jadwiga (Dean Carlson) and Anna (Ruben Munoz), grandsons Nicholas and Jonathan Carlson, granddaughters Lena Carlson (Nathan Shay), Mila and Klara Munoz, and a great-granddaughter Tieghan Shay.

A memorial service will be held at West Laurel Hill Cemetery on April 27, 2024, at 1:00 PM.


First Holy Communion
At the church of Ursuline sisters, 1949
Tarnów, Poland
College Degree
Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) Degree, March 1964
Wrocław, Poland
Civil Marriage
 Civil ceremony, 17 Jun 1964
Wrocław, Poland
Church Marriage
Danuta married Marian Mazurkiewicz in a church ceremony on October 18, 1964
Nowy Sącz, Poland
Doctor of Philosophy in Dentistry, 1971
Wrocław, Poland


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March 29, 2024
Wyrazy wspolczucia dla Calej Rodzinie.
Spoczywaj w spokoju Ciociu.
Barbara, Miroslaw i Marta Polusik
March 28, 2024
My sincerest condolences for your loss.
Tianyi Song
March 28, 2024
Jadwiga, my sincerest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.
Abbas Heydarnoori
March 28, 2024
Jadwiga, Our sincere condolences for your loss.
Venu Dasigi
March 28, 2024
On behalf of Ilnicki family (Ewa, Jerzy, Anna, Urszula) let me express out deapest sadness for your loss. We will be thinking warmly of you and auntie in upcomming days, accomoanying her in our thoughts on her last journey.
Urszula Ilnicka-Karaban

Family tree

Mikolaj Semczuk
Maria Wawrzyniecka
Jakub Hobler
Agata Terech
Aleksander Semczuk
Janina Hobler
Marian Mazurkiewicz
Anna Maria Mazurkiewicz Munoz
Jadwiga Agata Mazurkiewicz Carlson
Marian Mazurkiewicz
Anna Maria Mazurkiewicz Munoz
Jadwiga Agata Mazurkiewicz Carlson
Danuta Semczuk-Mazurkiewicz


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West Laurel Hill Cemetery
225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
April 27, 2024, 1:00 PM

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