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Helen (Dublo) Kowalski

July 1, 1919 ~ July 11, 2018 (age 99)

Helen Kowalski, 99, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 1:00 P.M. July 11, 2018 at Mount Vernon Health Care Center. She was born July 1, 1919 in Pinckneyville, Illinois to the late John and Maud (Kelly) Dublo. Helen married Stanley Kowalski on October 5, 1938. They were blessed with nearly 47 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on June 30, 1985.

Helen is survived by her children, Richard Kowalski and wife, Pat of Scheller, IL and Genevieve Lee of Creve Coeur, Missouri; grandchildren, Sean Lee and wife, Marilyn of New York, New York and April Bowman and husband, Phillip of McLeansboro, Illinois; and great-grandchildren, Lola Lee, Maxwell Bowman, and Layla Bowman.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by her sister, Isabelle Ratajczyk and stepbrother, Thomas Dublo.

Helen worked for many years at a Garment Factory in DuQuoin and Pinckneyville. She was a member of Saint Barbara Catholic Church in Scheller and participated in the Alter Sodality. She loved to dance and enjoyed going to Star Step in Nason. Helen’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.   

A Visitation will be held Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Newell Funeral Home in Waltonville, Illinois. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Barbara Catholic Church in Scheller, Illinois with The Very Reverend Father John Iffert officiating.  Interment will be held at Saint Barbara Cemetery in Scheller, Illinois. Memorials may be made in Helen’s honor to Saint Barbara Cemetery.

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