Georgena Kowalec


Georgena Grace

Georgena "Betsy" Kowalec was born on August 29, 1918, to George and Grace Coy and passed away on June 11, 2013, at Swan Creek Retirement Village at the age of 94. Betsy lived a very long and vibrant life. She was raised and worked on the family dairy farm, Coy Dairy, which serviced the East Toledo, Walbridge and Lake Township areas. She graduated from Lake High School and then obtained her Bachelors of Education Degree from the University of Toledo (1943). She was an active member, and served as Vice President, of the Alpha Tau Sigma Sorority. She was also active member of the Inter-Sorority Council and a past member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Betsy joined in the war effort on the assembly lines at LOF making glass for bombers used during the World War II. After the war ended, she started her career in Administration at Owens-Illinois, Inc. until being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1957. She was one tough cookie and put cancer in its place for over 50 years.

Her skills were many, her determination fierce, and her devotion unmatchable. However, Betsy was foremost a loving, caring daughter, sister, wife and mother. She was very active and supportive of her family and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors, spending time with her family and playing golf, always walking because "riding was for wimps".

Betsy was preceded in death by her loving husband, Victor J. Kowalec; parents, George and Grace Coy, and sister, Lillian Hart. She is survived by her loving and devoted son, Michael J. (Laura) Kowalec; brother, James Coy, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel on Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 14, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Willow Cemetery on Pickle Road in Oregon Ohio.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Swan Creek Retirement Village for their quality and loving services. Betsy enjoyed additional life due to their professionalism and their dedication. The family is eternally grateful.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Swan Creek Retirement Life Fund, 5916 Creasthaven Lane, Toledo, Ohio 43614.


Published in Toledo Blade from June 12 to June 13, 2013