Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 AM
ST. VERONICA CATHOLIC CHURCH
Kontowicz, JoAnn T.
(nee Swirkowski) Reunited with her beloved husband Ervin and son Michael on Sunday, February 21, 2021 age 83 years. Born to the late Henry and Jeanette Swirkowski, on June 13th, 1937. JoAnn met Erv while members of St Veronica’s choir and were married in 1959. JoAnn was loving mom of Michael (Sandy), Chris (Gail), and Jenny (Bob) Ruditys and proud Busia of Ady, Ian and Kez. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
JoAnn and Erv remained active in St. Veronica’s parish where JoAnn continued to share her love for music and singing as a member of the choir and her creativity through decorating of the church. JoAnn was known for her beautiful flower gardens and floral arrangements, along with ceramic art. She shared her love of travel with Erv; some would say they “wore out the cruise line circuits” from Caribbean and Panama Canal all the way to Europe.
JoAnn’s creativity and flair for embellishment showed up many areas of her life, from her coordinating wardrobe, accessories and nail polish to her ability to paint pictures with her words. Basic colors such as pink, red and green would be referred to as magenta, crimson, chartreuse; flowers were called out by their floriculture names and her usage of double adjectives brought great visuals to mind, “crispy crunchy chips”. One of JoAnn’s favorite phrases was “Oh Sh#%” and was used so often, even her pet parakeet, Perky, learned how to use it.
JoAnn would do anything for her family and often placed others before herself. Family gatherings were often and ranged from just hanging around the pool to Sunday dinners, holiday parties and 4th of July picnics. It helped she was an excellent cook with signature dishes being Czarnina, Christmas Coffee cakes and the best pot roast. She also taught her grandkids fluffy pancakes are better if you fry them oil to get the edges crispy (crunchy)
Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 27 at 11:00 AM at ST. VERONICA CATHOLIC CHURCH, 353 E. Norwich Ave. (Please meet at church). Private interment Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Special thanks to the staff of both Oak Creek Place and St. Croix Hospice for their loving care.