Rose Ann B. (Kiskierewicz) Bonkowski, 88, formerly of West Poplar Street, Shenandoah, currently a resident of the The Birches at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning at the center.
Born in Shenandoah, December 26, 1929, she was a daughter of the late William and Jadwiga (Amilowski) Kiskierewicz.
Rose Ann was a 1947 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.
She was employed in the local garment industry, having retired from the former Martin Shirt Factory, Shenandoah.
Rose Ann was a devout member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah, formerly St. Stanislaus Church. She was a dedicated volunteer for the church, making pierogies, frying bleenies at the annual block party, and cooking for the parish polish dinners and bingo. She was also a member and former officer of the Greater Shenandoah Area Senior Citizens where she served as the chaplain; in addition, she also prepared meals for the weekly Wednesday meeting and helped coordinate the bus trips to the casinos and dinner shows and was affectionately known as the “bus cop.” Rose Ann was also a member of the Columbia Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary, Shenandoah, the Shenandoah Heights Fire Company and the Amalgamated Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Rose Ann was a loving mother, Babci, and aunt. She truly enjoyed spending time with her family and socializing with friends. All were welcome in her home and always at her dinner table. She had a feisty spirt but was a kindhearted person who would do anything for anyone without hesitation.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Edward J. Bonkowski, in 1974; her son, Edward J. “Bunker” Bonkowski, in 1990; three brothers, Peter, Clement and Vincent Kiskierewicz; two sisters, Hattie M. Grimkowski and Bertha Guida. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving are her daughter, Rose Marie Bonkowski, Shenandoah; her grandson, James Bonkowski, Shenandoah Heights; her granddaughter, Nicole “Nikki” Bonkowski, Shenandoah Heights; her great-granddaughter, Danielle DiNofa; her daughter at heart, Janice Bonkowski Gaudreau, Shenandoah Heights; nieces, nephews, cousins and their families and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Casimir Church, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, the Sacred Worship Site of Divine Mercy Parish. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements.