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.