HAMPTON - Effie Mae Saunders Kowalski, 79, departed this life Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001. Best known for her kindness, concern for others and enthusiasm for living and learning, her philosophy was best expressed by her favorite saying, "Life is a journey -- enjoy the ride." Born in Fayetteville, N.C., she moved with her family to the Peninsula in 1937, and graduated from Newport News High School. Effie worked at Fort Eustis for 30 years and retired as an administrative assistant in 1979. After retiring, she continued college classes at Christopher Newport University and displayed a passion for a number of subjects, particularly creative writing and art. She was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Women's Club of Newport News, Peninsula Fine Arts Center and the Tidewater Genealogical Society. She is preceded in death by her husband, Max, and her parents, Charles and Lila Saunders. Devoted to her family, she leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Patricia K. Marcum and husband, Don, of Poquoson; a son, Maxim Andrew Kowalski Jr. and wife, Sylvia, of Suffolk; three grandsons, Don Clay Marcum III of Salisbury, Md., Maxim Andrew Kowalski III and wife, Beth, of Chesapeake, Kevin Benjamin Kowalski of Suffolk; a great-grandson, Maxim Andrew IV; a sister, Margaret S. Powers of Williamsburg; and a brother, Charles G. Saunders Jr. and wife, Page, of Williamsburg. The Rev. Dr. Robert D. Marston and the Rev. Richard H. Holley will conduct a Memorial Celebration of her life at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Newport News. A reception will follow in the church parish house. The family requests that expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA. 23058-5216. The family would also like to thank the staff of Northampton Convalescent Center for their loving care and kindness. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Daily Press on Sep. 7, 2001.