Ruth Agnes Kowalski

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Ruth Agnes Kowalski, age 79, late of Highland IN, formerly of Calumet City, IL passed away on Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at Wittenberg Lutheran Nursing Home in Crown Point, IN with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband, Zygmunt Kowalski; six children: Anna (Michael) Tometczak, Christina (Joseph) Hajducko, Zygmunt John (Brenda) Kowalski, Donna (Thomas) Gosciej, Barbara (John) Vetrano, Thomas (Kelly) Kowalski; ten grandchildren: Elizabeth Tometczak, Michael (Sherri) Tometczak Jr., Laura Tometczak, Rachel Gosciej, Clarissa Gosciej, Brittany (Timothy Craig) O'Neal (nee Kowalski), Melissa Vetrano, Anthony Vetrano, Jaclyn Kowalski, and Nicole Kowalski; great grandson, Zacery Tometczak; two step-grandchildren: Bridgette (Jones) Smith and Bethany (Dan) Bodine; several step-great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sisters: Dorothy (late Donald) Bobkowski, Shirley (Terry) Edwards, Sandra (late Jeff) Duda, and Karen (Isidoro) Salazar; brother, Stanley (Susana) Kowalski; aunt to many nieces and nephews; and Godmother. She was preceded in death by her parents: Mary Kowalski (nee Rolek), Stanley Kowalski; step-mother Emma Kowalski; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law in Poland. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 starting with 9:15 AM prayers from the Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN to St. James the Less Catholic Church, 45th Ave./Kennedy Ave. Highland, IN for Mass at 10:00 AM. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Calumet City, IL. Visitation Friday, April 5, 2013 from 3:00-8:00 PM. Prayer service 4:00 PM. Ruth was born on May 27, 1933 in Chicago, IL. She went to high school at St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo, IL. She later met her spouse of 58 years, Zygmunt, while at a dance. After a short courtship, they wed nine months later on July 24, 1954. Ruth dedicated her life to raising her six children and enjoying her many grandchildren. While raising her large family, she was also active in the Band Parents Association. Ruth was a Cashier at Super-X Drugs in Munster, IN and at Victor Pharmacy in Calumet City, IL. She was an avid flower gardener. She was a member of the St. Andrew Sunshine Club in Calumet City, IL, The Golden Times, and American Polka Association. She also served on the Polish American Heritage Celebration Committee in Calumet City, IL. Ruth was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St. James the Less Catholic Church in Highland, IN. During her retirement, she and Ziggy still enjoyed Polka dancing and traveling to see her wide-spread family across the United States and Poland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Anthony Hospice in Crown Point, IN.

Published in The Times from Apr. 3 to Apr. 5, 2013
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