Eugene ìGeneî Kowalski, 89 of Hendersonville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Elizabeth House.
A native of Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Frank & Antonette Kowalski. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Ervin Kowalski and a sister, Ester Koterski. He lived for many years in Rochester, Michigan where he retired from the Kmart Corporation after 30 years of service before moving to Hendersonville in 1986. After retirement, he started Chalet Wood & Metal Crafts and sold products to various local garden centers throughout the region. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church and the Polish American Club. He loved flowers and was an avid gardener.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Dolores Kowalski; five children, Kenneth Kowalski and his wife Sandy, Barbara Seifert and her husband Ed, Jeanine Kowalski, Gary Kowalski and his wife Patricia, and Michael Kowalski and his wife Susan; twelve grandchildren, Kristyn, Kevin, and Kyle Kowalski, Carly and Chris Nabors, Shawn and Tara Seifert, Michael Mensinga, Cory and Kelli Kowalski, Derek, Danielle, and Rebecca Kowalski.
A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Our Lady of the Angelís Chapel of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew Nowak officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the St. Francis Hall of the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Elizabeth House, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Dear Gary and family-
Our deepest sympathies over the loss of a great man. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan and all the Harringtons
Delores, we are very sorry for your loss. _We are currently in Spain so we were not able to attend the services for Gene. We will always remember the wonderful times that we had with you and Gene at the Polish Club. I particuarly enjoyed the float that we built many years ago.
Ron and Linda Sokalski
Dolores and Family, You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Alan and Doris
We will miss Gene. You are in our prayers. take care
Ken, Sandy, and Michelle
To the Kowalski Family I have waited on Eugene and Delores at KMart since 1983 I have always enjoyed them each and every time I had the priviledge ti help them Eugene has been missed for quiet a while you all are in my thoughts and prayers Dekores if you need anything you just call. We will be here for you .
I am very sorry to hear about Gene. He was a great man and will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Please let me know if I can help in any way. I’ll say a prayer for you.
The Board and Staff of the Community Foundation of Henderson County wish to express deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Gene Kowalski on the sad occasion of his recent passing.
Pat, Gary and the Kowalski Family,
“Mr. Gene” was such a gentleman and a fun and loving person.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
LOL – Cathy & Paul
It’s hard to say good bye to family and loved ones. I loved Mr Kowalski as if I had known him my entire life. He was full of life and a joy to talk with. He and his wife have raised a wonderful family who I am fortunate to know. Rest in Peace Mr Kowalksi.