Edmund J. Kowalski, also known as "Red," 93, of Exeter, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following an illness.
Edmund was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 28, 1919, to the late Stanley and Mary Marcinowski Kowalski. Edmund's family moved to the Plains Township area, where he was educated in Township schools.
In 1939, he enlisted in the Army
and during World War II
he served his country in the South Pacific, receiving numerous medals. Following the war, Edmund found employment with the Grocek Construction Co., Plains Township, where he worked as a carpenter. During this time he met his loving wife Rose Marchlinski. Together they have celebrated 67 years of marriage.
Edmund was a member of Good Shepherd Polish National Church, Plymouth; Teamster Local 401, and Joseph E. Conlon Post 558, American Legion, Plains Township.
Edmund's hobbies were carpentry, fishing, the lottery, especially scratch-off tickets, and he was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.
Edmund was preceded in death by brothers, Chester, Richard and Stanley, and sisters, Celia, Stefanie and Stella.
Surviving are his son Edmund and his wife Toni, Wilkes-Barre; daughters, Carol Gerzarowski and husband, Tom, Tunkhannock; Catherine Mizzer and husband, Mark, West Wyoming; Elizabeth Serbin and husband, Tom, Dallas; and Patricia Barna and husband, Bernie, Fredon, N.J.; sister, Regina Smoot, and brother, Clement Kowalski; seven grandchildren and eight-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., Plains Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Condolences may be sent to the family at yanaitisfuneralhome.com