Arlene (Riese) Kowalski
Kowalski, 89, of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2015,
in Fond du Lac.
born on Monday, July 20, 1925, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur
and Esther (Siewert) Riese. She is a graduate of the Sheboygan North High
School Class of 1943. In 1948, she married Raymond William Kowalski.
first job was working at the Wigwam Sock Company during World War II. She was a
waitress at Gmach’s Restaurant in Sheboygan and Red’s Bar in Fond du Lac. She
also cashiered at the Krambo food stores in both cities. For 27 years, Arlene
was a nurse’s aide (starting at 53¢ an hour), then a Certified Nursing
Assistant at St. Agnes Hospital, from which she retired in 1987. She moved to
Tarfa Terrace Assisted Living in 2012, then to the Lutheran Home’s long-term
Arlene was a
member of Holy Family Parish, past president of the St. Anne Society, a member
of American Legion Auxiliary, a Loaves & Fishes volunteer and a Girl Scout
leader. She enjoyed scootering around the block, playing bingo, and going on
Tarfa Terrace and Lutheran Home field trips. She was an enthusiastic Packers,
Badgers, Bucks and even Brewers fan, preferring close games to blowouts.
Kowalski will be missed by her three children, Joe (Alice) Kowalski of Waupun,
Jim of Fond du Lac and Mary (Tony) Bohlman of Campbellsport; her sister
Caroline (Bing) Drewry of Plymouth, and brother Elwood (Janet) Riese of Howards
Grove; four grandchildren: Amber (Kurt) Lacina of Stephenson, Andrew Bohlman of
Appleton, Alyssa Bohlman of Kiel and Kevin Kowalski of Waupun, as well as
several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
preceded in death by her husband Ray in 1995 and by an 11-year-old sister,
Family and friends of Arlene Kowalski may call at Zacherl Funeral Home,
875 East Division Street, Fond du Lac, on Wednesday, May 6, from 4:00 to 7:00
p.m., or on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of the service. The Liturgy of
the Word will begin at 11:00.
In lieu of
flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
Funeral Home is serving the family. Please visit www.zacherlfuneralhome.com for
further information and to send online condolences.
family would especially like to thank her “Ladies Who Lunch” friends,
and the wonderful staffs of Lutheran Home & Health Services and Agnesian