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Gloria H. Kukowicz, 82, passed away at 6:20 a.m. April 10, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born on March 11, 1931, in Toledo, to Charles and Helen Stefanski Yaross, who have preceded her in death. On October 15, 1953, she married Michael Kukowicz, who passed away in July 29, 1973.
Gloria was a 1950 graduate of Whitney High School, Toledo. She had worked for St. Adalbert's School and Parish from 1974, until her retirement in 1999. She enjoyed working with all the children and staff while there. She moved to Lima in 1999 to be near her daughter. Gloria enjoyed crocheting, card playing, working jig saw puzzles, word searches, and spending time with her friends, where she lived at Luther Pines. However, above all else, she loved spending time with her family. She was a member of the VFW Post 5530 "Roman Buddy Frankowski Post" Toledo. She was also a member of the Ladies Catholic Benevolent Association, the St. Adalbert's Altar Society, and the Auxiliary of the Catholic War Vets.
She is survived by her daughter, Karen S. and Dirk D. Esmonde, of Lima; a grandson, Dylan D. Esmonde, of Lima; a great-granddaughter, Brianna Faith Esmonde; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Daniel, Chester, and Robert, and two sisters, Lucy and Delores.
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Chiles - Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Eastside Chapel. Rev. Charles DuPree and Mr. Ronald Kleman will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima. Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at
Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 12, 2013