Date of Service:
05/10/2019 11:30 am
- Friday, May 10th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 9:30-11:30
- Mass of Christian Burial
- Friday, May 10th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church starting at 11:30
Passed away peacefully surrounded by family members and prayer.
March 17, 1926 – March 6, 2019
Rose (nee Drezek) and Stanley Kowalewski Step-Mother, Mary Kowalewski
Louis Kowalewski (D)
Amanda (nee Kowalewski) Chromey and Paul (D)
Eugenia (nee Kowalewski) and Eugene Tobolski (D)
Marianne Kowalewski (D)
Sylvester Kowalewski and Mary (D)
Jeffrey J. Tobolski and Judy
Margaret Ann Walker and Keith
Anitamarie R. Kopaczewski and Paul
Christabel M Tobolski (D)
Timothy J. Tobolski
Lisa and Craig Konopski
Katie and Ron Myers
Rebecca Siggelkow and Dan (fiance)
Melissa and Keith Zabel
Mark and Sara Walker
Jessica and Derek Nye
Jenny and Keith Dow
Joey, Carlie, Benjamin, Ronald, Nathan, Madeline, Devin, Moira, Austin, Dylan, Lily, Nolan, Liam, and Genevieve
Cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends through her 92 years.
Elementary Riley Grade School, and St. Josaphat’s Basilica Grade School
Girl’s Technical High School
Rose grew up in Milwaukee where she met the love of her life, our dad, Joe. They “hung around” with a group of neighborhood kids, one might say Spanky and Our Gang was fashioned after them. Oh, the stories they would tell of their times growing up! After graduating Girl’s Technical High school, she worked in the hospital as a Candy Striper and later worked at Harnishweiger. Dad went to WWII when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and they married on his return. While married, she was a stay at home mom, except for weekends when she worked for Irene’s Catering. When her children were nearly grown, she worked as the manager of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee food service where her claim to fame was feeding the first Peace Corps for the nation. We’d enjoy visiting her to receive a REAL chocolate malt. She was faithful to her religion all her life volunteering to minister to the homebound and served as Eucharistic minister at Immaculate Conception, baked hundreds of pies and cookies for the bake sales and special events. She did the church laundry and spent countless hours ironing the beautiful vestments of the priests. She became a crossing guard for Trowbridge Street Elementary School and marched proudly in all the downtown parades, receiving a commendation from Mayor Mayer. Mom’s artistic talents in high school led her to beautiful paintings in rosemaling and leather hand-tooled pieces. Although a small garden plot around her home, she had beautiful nasturtiums in every color, and countless rose bushes, and plants that were her labor of love. She loved to garden. Hostas that were transplanted from her father’s home still thrive and have been passed on and transplanted to some of her children’s gardens. Eat, eat! She loved to cook, so we learned to love to eat. Her dining room was always the heart-beat of family gatherings. Czarnina, pierogi, paczki and kruschiki were served at many family celebrations. She loved her children, grand children, great grandchildren and longed to share stories with all of us about her childhood fun with her own siblings. A dog lover, yes. Peppy sits by her chair waiting for that little treat she might send his way.
The family would like to offer their sincere thanks to her cousins, nieces and nephews who visited, cousin, Fr. Peter Drenzek, parish pastor, Rev. Philip Schumaker, East Troy Manor staff and administrators, and the Zilber Hospice Center for making Rose’s final earth journey as pleasant and dignified as possible.
Services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Friday, May 10th starting with a visitation from 9:30-11:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30. Interment will immediately follow at Wood National Cemetery.