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Edward M. Kowalczyk Sr.
Issue Date: June 6, 2019
Edward "Ski" Martin Kowalczyk, Sr., 89, of Peshtigo, formerly of Tinley Park, Ill., passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Rennes Health Care Center-East in Peshtigo.
Born March 23, 1930, to Frank and Rose (Krol) Kowalczyk of Chicago, Ill., he served in the United States Marines where he met his future wife, Mary Jane Niemojuski at a wedding and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on Dec. 1, 1952. They married on June 25, 1956 in Norfolk, Va. and after service, they moved to Marinette, before relocating to Tinley Park, Ill., where they raised their family.
Many birthdays and holidays were celebrated at their home, where friends and family gathered regularly. He worked for 31 years as a machine engineer in the bakery at a Jewel production plant in Melrose Park, Ill., retiring in 1995. They then returned to the area to live with their son and his family in Porterfield, where the celebrations continued. He then moved with the family to Menominee, Mi., before moving into Rennes Health Care Center two years ago. He made many friends along the way wherever he lived.
He never shied away from the spotlight, played his harmonica, teased his favorites and cracked jokes. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, stoking a bon fire surrounded by family, raising and caring for his birds and watching TV, but mostly loved being with family and friends.
Survivors include two sons, Marty (Daun) Kowalczyk, Menominee, Mi. and Gerald (Connie) Kowalczyk, Mokena, Ill.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and many friends and family.
Including his parents, he was proceeded in death by his wife, Mary Jane; siblings, Rose Buczkowski, Josephine (Bud) Holland, Stanley (Doris) Kowalczyk, John (Albina) Kowalczyk, Lottie Gidslavicz, Irene (Perry) Wilkins and Frank (Kathleen) Kowalczyk.
Per his wishes, no services will be held at this time.Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations are appreciated to a local veteran organization (American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, 20-Year Club, VFW, DAV or etc).