OBITUARY

Jill Rene Kozlowski

June 19, 1997July 27, 2020
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Jill Rene Kozlowski, 23, of Norman, Oklahoma, passed away on July 27, 2020. Jill was born to parents Eric and Ellen Kozlowski, on June 19, 1997. She attended All Saints Catholic School, Alcott Middle School, and graduated from Norman High School in 2015. She was a student at the University of Oklahoma. Jill is survived by her parents Eric and Ellen Kozlowski, her sisters Marilyn Kozlowski and Alyssa Ham, Brother-in-Law Dwight Ham, Grandfather Richard Kozlowski, Grandmother Rolleen Boling, her uncle Clint Boling and his wife Kelli, her aunt Karen Barry and cousin Justin Barry. Jill was preceded in death by her Grandmother Joan Kozlowski and Grandfather Doyle Boling. Jill was attending the University of Oklahoma majoring in Architecture and was a recipient of the GH2 Achievement Scholarship. Her love of math, physics, art, and design inspired her to pursue architecture. Jill enjoyed discussing architecture and construction with her father Eric, also an architect, and other family members. She was apprenticing with her father Eric during the summer, and planned to join his company for her internship after graduation from the OU College of Architecture. Music was one of Jill’s passions. In addition to being a talented saxophonist, Jill frequently attended concerts and festivals with her friends. She lettered in band all 4 years and won the Louis Armstrong Award at Norman High in 2015. She also was in the All State Jazz Band her senior year of high school. Some of her fondest memories were from participating in Norman High School’s marching band. Jill adored animals and nature. There was a special place in her heart for Heathcliff, the Kozlowski family cat. Jill enjoyed walking, knitting, video games, board games, cycling and swimming. She loved to try new things and recently learned how to rollerblade. Jill dreamed of traveling and visiting her friends and family across the United States. The love Jill had for her friends and family will be forever cherished. She touched many lives and will be missed greatly.

The wake will be held on August 4th, 2020 at Primrose Funeral Service Event Center in Norman, OK from 3-7pm. Family will receive guests from 3-4:30pm, food will be served following the reception with family and friends. The wake services will begin at 6pm. All friends and family are welcome to celebrate Jill’s life. The funeral will be held on August 5th, 2020 at St. Marks the Evangelist Catholic Church at 10am.

Services

  • Wake

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Morgan Turner

August 11, 2020

Words cannot describe how broken my heart is that this world lost such a kind and pure soul. Jill was so incredibly selfless, probably the most generous person I knew. When I posted on facebook needing some help getting to pre-op appointments, she almost immediately messaged me prepared to give me the rides I needed. I was genuinely shocked at how quickly she jumped on the opportunity to help a friend in need. Despite the circumstances we had so much fun just hanging out and chatting during the drives to and from the hospital. And she just sat there and waited patiently during my appointments. She didn't have to do that. I'm still so touched by how incredibly kind she was to do all of that for me. I treated her to lunch at O Asia and we ate so much food and didn't regret it a bit. She was such good company and to this day that was one of the best lunch dates I've ever been on. We were so happy in that moment to just forget our cares and talk and eat and laugh and enjoy being around each other. I completely forgot about the surgery I was having the next day; I was just in the moment with a great friend and didn't care about anything else. I'll always hold onto that memory. It may not have seemed like a significant event at the time, but I will always carry the memory of just enjoying life with my friend Jill in my heart.

Vicki Borycki

August 7, 2020

We are sending lots of love to you and your family, Alyssa. All the hugs in the world are not enough... hopefully, you will find comfort in your friends, your family, your memories, and your music.
Sincerely, your friends Vick and Dennis

Jon Robinson

August 4, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Jill. Jill was a student of mine in Spanish at Alcott. Jill was the kind of student who brought joy, kindness, smiles and a love of learning to class. I enjoyed working with her so much and getting to know her. She is a reason I keep on teaching, knowing there are students like Jill. I was lucky enough to run into her a few times after she left Alcott and I was so impressed of what kind of young lady she became, but not surprised. I pray for you during these tough times and I will always hold a little special place in my heart to remember Jill. The world lost a great one in these hard times.

CAROL NAWROCKI

August 3, 2020

Dear Kozlowski Family,
I cannot even imagine the pain and sadness that you all are coping with at this time. Please accept my sincere sympathy and caring for this tragic event.

Donovan Linsey

August 3, 2020

Jill was such a positive person with a beautiful smile. I knew Jill through the OU architecture community. Although she was not in any of my classes, I was very fortunate last semester to have had the opportunity to meet and talk with her on a few occasions since she would frequently visit the studio I was enrolled in. She was really interested in everyone’s work and had such a passion for everything she did. In one of my conversations I had with her, we spoke for nearly an hour on the topic of music and architecture. I could tell she was a very talented person with much to offer the world. I know she will be greatly missed by the OU architecture community as well as by everyone who knew her. I send my deepest condolences and sympathies to her family.

Trey Hammond

August 3, 2020

Jill in I met last summer in an architecture summer studio course. It was my first class at OU and Jill was happy to show me around the building and tell me everything she knew about the school. In that class we were a small group and spend a lot of time together. We talked about our favorite music and movies and everything in between, including her cat, Heathcliff. She was very intelligent and could talk about anything, but she was also very kind and always asked how you were doing. She brought a kind friendly smile everywhere she went and I’ll miss her greatly. My thoughts are with her family during this time.

Chelsea Holcomb

August 3, 2020

I had Jill in Studio last summer. She was the first person I met coming back to school for my masters. She was welcoming and kind and was always so positive. I remember one day we had to walk in the summer heat I was 5 months pregnant and she walked with me and was so considerate checking to make sure I was ok. I didn’t have her in any other classes but I saw her often and she would always ask how the baby was doing. She was such a light in this world. She will be greatly missed and the halls of the architecture building will feel lonely without her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Karen Barry

August 3, 2020

We were so proud to watch you grow up and amazed by all you did in the time you had with us. Your life best represents to me, the importance of making the most of your time while here on earth . We are so sad you left so soon, and grateful for the opportunity to have known you and loved you.

Daniel Butko

August 3, 2020

I offer my sympathy and condolences to Jill’s family and friends. Jill was such an amazing person and so full of passion to learn. I had the honor of being her professor in Design II and being on other project reviews last year. Her contagious smile and constant joy was always encouraging - even during crunch times. I have vivid memories of walking through studio before or after class time and seeing Jill wave and say “hey Butko” followed by something positive about her project or classmates. She definitely left this world early but I know she left a massive impression on everyone who knew her. Rest In Peace.

Annette Black

August 3, 2020

I had the privilege of being Jill’s third grade teacher and have fond memories of her. She was a happy, sweet girl. My prayers and thoughts are with all of her family during this difficult time.

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