Healing Garden, Quiet Pathway Dedicated to Humble WNY Millionaire

John M. Repetski donated more than $2.3 million to two Northtowns care providers.

Hydrangeas, lilacs and sugar and spice foamflowers are among the 18 plant varieties that will add a new touch to Kenmore Mercy Hospital this summer.

Visitors will be able to visit a new healing garden lined with lanterns, wooden tables and benches, and take a seat near a bubbling, obelisk-style fountain. Five “rocks” sprinkled among the foliage – actually speakers – are tuned to an online ambient meditation music station.

The space is named for John M. Repetski, who moved back to his childhood home in Riverside after serving in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and remained there for decades to care for his father, Samuel. He never married, made his living as a metallurgist at the General Motors’ plant on East Delevan Avenue and became a savvy investor during his lifetime.
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