Florence J. Kowalewski, 78, of Forest City, died Tuesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was the wife of John J. Kowalewski Sr. The couple was married for 56 years.
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Born in Forest City, daughter of the late Alberta Dutchman Walsh Novak and Joseph Walsh, she was a graduate of Forest City High School. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Forest City, and its Altar and Rosary Society, now Ascension Parish. She was a former secretary for Prudential Insurance Co., Scranton. She assisted in the operation of the family business, K.W. Oil Inc., of Forest City. She was also a school van driver for more than 30 years in the Forest City Regional School District. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Polish Women's Alliance. She was an avid bowler and quilter, and an avid Penn State and NASCAR fan. She enjoyed attending the Harford Fair and her Tuesday night prayer group. She lived for her grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dr. Martin Hyzinski and his staff for the excellent and compassionate care given to Florence.
Also surviving are her children, Carol Kowalewski and fiancé, Mark Tierney, Great Bend; Linda Zembrzycki and husband, Bernard, Herrick Center; John J. Kowalewski Jr. and wife, Judy, Forest City; David M. Kowalewski and wife, Marci, Richmondale; Lisa Kelly and husband, Ken, Pleasant Mount; Nancy Kowalewski, Forest City; and Dr. Michael Kowalewski and wife, Michelle, Montrose; 11 grand children, Amanda Burns and husband, Brad; Brian, B.J. and Katelyn Zembrzycki; Greg and Maggie Kowalewski, Adam Kowalewski, Elizabeth and Kevin Kelly, Andrew and Christopher Kowalewski; two sisters, Ann Coar Crowley, Endwell, N.Y.; and Aileen Stratford, Vestal, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul Walsh.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Delaware Street, Forest City. Interment, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Forest City.
Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Susquehanna County 4-H Endowment, 270 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA 18801; or the Harford Fair Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 288, Harford, PA 18823.
Online condolences may be sent at www.brennanfu neralhomes.com.
Jones & Brennan Funeral Home
430 Main Street
Forest City, PA 18421
Published in Scranton Times from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2013