Anna Marie (Steele) Kowalski

Anna Marie KowalskiAnna Marie (Steele) Kowalski, 89, of Shenandoah, passed away on Sunday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street.

Born in Shenandoah, November 27, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Dougherty) Steele.

Anna Marie was a 1946 graduate of the former West Mahanoy Township High School, Shenandoah Heights.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. Stanislaus Church. Anna Marie was also a member of the former Highlander Polka Belles, Shenandoah, which was active during Shenandoah’s centennial celebration.

Anna Marie was a kindhearted person with a pleasing personality. She was an adoring grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a fantastic baker and will be especially remembered for her hot milk sponge cake and mozy.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Edward J. Kowalski Sr. on February 8, 1994; her son-in-law, Joseph W. Skubel on May 4, 2017; and an infant daughter, Ann at birth.

Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Kowalski, at home, Mary Skubel, Ringtown, and Nancy Pytak with her husband, Frank, Shenandoah; a son, Edward J. Kowalski Jr. with his wife, Jessica, Shenandoah Heights; four grandchildren, Jessica McKay with her husband, George, Suffolk, Va., Joseph Skubel Jr. with his wife, Samantha, Ringtown, Frank Pytak Jr. and Alicia Pytak, both of Shenandoah; two great-grandchildren, Sophia and Anne Skubel; a brother, William Steele with his wife, Flo, Ringtown; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Divine Mercy Church, Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held from 8 until 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.

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