Kowalski, Gloria Estelle
Gloria Estelle Kowalski, age 89, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Friday, September 6, 2013 at the House of the Dove, Marshfield, WI.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, September 9, 2013 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. John Steiner will officiate. Friends may call at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Monday from 12:30-2:00 PM. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
Gloria was born in Wisconsin Rapids on December 23, 1923, to Glenn and Pauline (Pazurek) Wolcott. She grew up in the Junction City area. She married Robert Kowalski on February 10, 1944, in Yuma, AZ, where Bob was stationed with the Army before serving overseas during World War II. Together Bob and Gloria owned and operated Bob's Bar in Saratoga, which they purchased in 1945 from Gloria's grandmother Anna and her husband "Smokey Joe" Namesnick. Bob died March 25, 1974. Gloria and her faithful Doberman Zeke continued to operate the bat until 1976. She later was employed at Del-Monte and McCain's (Ore Ida).
Gloria is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Edward) Lee-Zappen; a sister, Joan (James) Ashbeck of Rudolph, her very special grandchildren, Robert and Rita Lee of Tomahawk, David and Anna Lee of Alexandria, Virginia, Jonathon and Cara Lee of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Eddie and Carrie Zappen of Rochester, MN and Rebecca Zappen of Tucson, AZ.
Gloria has eleven cherished great grandchildren: Katie, Jimmy and Elizabeth Lee of Tomahawk, WI; David and Morgan Lee of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Stella and Vivian Zappen of Rochester, MN and Lauren, Emma, Mae and Tristan Zappen of Tucson, AZ and one great grand puppy, Eliza of Alexandria.
Gloria is further survived by many Wolcott, Ashbeck, Mathews, Matthews and Pazurek nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, sisters, Ann and Sister Betty (Paulina) OSF and brothers, Andy, Gordon Paul, Don and Jimmy.
Gloria was a woman of strong faith and character and loved her family well. Her homemade baked chicken and never-ending supply of chocolate chip cookies were the best. We will miss her dearly.
Memorials in Gloria's name may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Church, to Ministry Home Care Hospice Services, or to a
"Gloria's family wishes to thank her care givers, Ann Frechette and Susie Mertz, the staff at the House of the Dove in Marshfield along with the Ministry Home Hospice Team of Wisconsin Rapids. Your respectful, compassionate care and tenderness is much appreciated."
Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is handling all arrangements.