Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Henrietta 'Etta' Kowalsky

Henrietta "Etta" R. Kowalsky (nee: Holzschuh), 90, passed away on November 25, 2008, at her residence.

Etta was born on October 2, 1918, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer J. and Mary Ann (nee: Duwell) Holzschuh.

She was united in marriage to Clarence Kowalsky, on October 5, 1940, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Racine, WI. He preceded her in death on February 26, 1995. Clarence and Etta lived in Racine until 1968, when they moved to Hickory Haven Mobile Home Park in Union Grove. In 1999, she moved back to Racine to live with her daughter.

She is survived by a sister, Mildred Majchrowitz of Racine; a daughter, Kathleen Mary Solberg (nee: Kowalsky) of Racine; a son, William H. Kowalsky and daughter-in-law, Carolyn (nee: Wells) Kowalsky of Laguna Niguel, CA.; grandchildren: Michael John Solberg and David Mathew Kowalsky; sisters-in-law, Margaret Holzschuh of Colonial Heights, VA, and Elaine Kohl of Racine; many nieces and nephews; and her two constant companions, her Siamese cats, Charlie and Toby. Also preceding her in death are a sister, Alma Theresa Valley, and a brother, John Anton Holzschuh.

Etta graduated from St. Catherine's High School. She had worked at Hamilton Beach and Oster Mfg. for a number of years. She was a member of both St Roberts Church in Union Grove and, more recently, St. Lucy's.

Etta was a voracious reader and a great fan of mystery novels. Friends and relatives will remember her for all the wonderful meals she prepared for them. There was nothing quite as good as Etta's pot roast and homemade pies. She will be greatly missed by all her dear friends and relatives.

In accordance with Etta’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be in the church on Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Memorials to the Arthritis Foundation have been suggested by the family.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000

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