Tyngsboro, Mass. Elizabeth Schmidt Kowalczuk Johnson, 88, a former longtime resident of Erie, Pa. and a resident of Tyngsboro, Mass. since 2004, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012. Elizabeth was born on February 15, 1924 in Germany, daughter of the late Emil and Luise (Tomuschat) Schmidt. On October 4, 1951 she and her husband, Jan Kowalczuk arrived at Ellis Island with their daughter Monica and son Walter. They moved to Erie, Pa. and began building a house when their second son, John was born. Jan entered the hospital shortly after John's birth where he later passed away. In 1972, Elizabeth married George Johnson, and they had a son, Carl. Over the years, Elizabeth held various jobs in Erie. George passed away in 1989 and Elizabeth remained in Erie until 2004 when she moved to Massachusetts to live with her daughter. Elizabeth was active in the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Scout Den Mother and was a member of the Emerson School PTA. She was a longtime member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Erie, and later a ten year member of the Elmwood Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth never had a license or drove a vehicle, but walked everywhere or took advantage of the great bus system in Erie. She loved flowers and always kept window boxes of Geraniums as well as flowers planted in her yard. She had a beautiful singing voice and loved dancing and music, especially Lawrence Welk. Survivors include her children; Monica Roach of Tyngsboro, Mass., Walter Kowalczuk of Summerville, S.C., John Kowalczuk of Belair, Md., and Carl Kowalczuk of Meza, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, David, Alan, and Eric Roach, David Schwindt, Erik Neil, Allan, Scott, and Johnathan Kowalczuk, and Christina Malinchak Fogarty, and many great-grandchildren. At the request of the family, funeral services were held privately at the Blake Funeral Home in Chelmsford, Mass. and interment followed in Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the
, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02742. www.alzmass.org. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Blake Funeral Home, Chelmsford, Mass. For online condolences visit blakefuneralhome.com
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 6, 2013