Stephen Kowalski of Arlington, born January 9, 1917, was called to God on October 25, aged 96. He grew up in Cleveland, OH, the son of Polish immigrants Mary and Stefan Kowalski. Steve studied clarinet under Daniel Bonade and honed his skills at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Tanglewood, where Leonard Bernstein was among his classmates. He served under General George Patton during World War II
, travelling with the Seventh Army
Band from North Africa through Italy and into France. He played at the Casablanca Conference. Following the war, he was a clarinetist with the U.S. Air Force
Band and U.S. Army Band until his retirement as a master sergeant in 1977. He taught many clarinet students before and after his retirement. Steve was predeceased by his siblings, Chester K. Thomas, Martha Piersa, and Jane Kolasinski as well as his infant son, John. Steve is survived by his sister, Helen Owens of Columbia, SC, by his wife of 67 years, Mary, his daughters Carol Kowalski and Bev Askegaard, and his two grandchildren, John Askegaard and Katie Askegaard. He is a member of the Disabled Veterans of America, St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus. A funeral mass will be held at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Arlington, VA., on December 14 at 11 a.m. All friends and neighbors who wish to celebrate the life of this gifted artist are cordially invited.