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Rosewood Funeral Chapel

3304 Mockingbird Ln, Victoria, TX

OBITUARY

Susan K. Kalinowski

May 5, 1954July 25, 2020
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Susan K. Kalinowski, 66 of Victoria passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020. She was born May 5, 1954 in Victoria, TX to the late Willie and Ann Greer Svoboda. She is survived by her husband, Dale Robert Kalinowski of Victoria; daughters, Alison (Benjamin) Giese of San Antonio, Brooke (Mark) Sumbera of Victoria; six grandchildren, Avery Giese, Isla Giese, Skylar Giese, Oliver Sumbera, Finley Sumbera and Madelyn Sumbera and sister, Betty Wendel of Victoria. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lauren Giese. Susan graduated from Nazareth Academy in 1972, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She retired from thirty-three years of banking in 2006, having made many dear friends throughout the course of her career. She was a lifelong and devoted member of the Catholic Church, participating in ACTS, and volunteering for annual church missionary trips to Antigua, Guatemala. Susan and her husband, Dale, loved to travel, having visited many countries and islands. She was an avid gardener, which was evident in the beautiful yard and home she and Dale kept. She loved attending group exercise classes at Citizens Healthplex and spending time with her beloved animals, especially her dog, Chula, and horse, Paco. Susan’s children and grandchildren were the light of her life. To her daughters, she was a rock, always supporting them through her presence, words and prayers. To her grandchildren, she was “Mims,” a constant, trusted and effervescent grandmother, always ending every call or visit with “Love you Most!” To her sister and friends, she was Susanna, Susie Q, Mi Hermana - the most generous and devoted soul. Susan’s beautiful light will continue to shine through all her family and friends who loved her so dearly. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Nazareth Academy, or Holy Family Church Guatemala Mission Fund. Friends are invited to come by Rosewood Funeral Chapels on Friday from 3-6 PM to sign a register book and view the pictures of Susan’s life. (No family will be present). Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 9-9:30 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church followed by a rosary at 9:30 am and the Funeral Mass at 10 AM, with Rev. Greg Nevlud officiating. Services will be live streamed via Holy Family Catholic Church facebook page. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Dale Robert Kalinowski, Husband
  • Alison Giese and husband, Benjamin, Daughter
  • Brooke Sumbera and husband, Mark, Daughter
  • Avery Giese, Grandchild
  • Isla Giese, Grandchild
  • Skylar Giese, Grandchild
  • Oliver Sumbera, Grandchild
  • Finley Sumbera, Grandchild
  • Madelyn Sumbera, Grandchild
  • Betty Wendel, Sister
  • Willie and Ann Greer Svoboda, Parents (deceased)

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  • DONATIONS

  • Nazareth Academy
  • Holy Family Catholic Church Guatamala Mission Fund

Services

  • Friends are welcome to sign the register

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Rosary

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, August 1, 2020

Memories

Susan K. Kalinowski

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Jeri Svatek

August 3, 2020

Dear Alison,
We share your pain and grief and only wish that could help. We pray that our Heavenly Father give you strength, understanding and lots of faith to help you become the 'rock' you just lost.

Dan & Jeri Svatek

Bertha McDowell

August 2, 2020

I always thought Susan was such a classy person and was very gracious and welcoming. I was so sorry to hear of her passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to you.
Susan was so proud of her family and loved you all so much. I stood/sat close to her at many functions where we cheered kids on and wouldn't have missed it for the world.
I truly intended to come to the funeral, thinking it would be this coming week, so I missed the announcement in the paper. I am so sorry. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. With love and sorrow, Bertha McDowell

Roxanne Appelt Chapman

July 31, 2020

So so sorry for your loss . As a younger cousin to Susan I always thought she was the most beautiful smart stylish and athletic girl in school and looked up to her so much . Always had such a beautiful smile on her face . I know she will be missed something fierce prayers for peace and comfort to you all .

Sincerely
Roxanne

Marian Wearden Rosse

July 31, 2020

Dale,

When Susan and I sat next to each other at our Nazareth Academy class reunion luncheon in 2014, it was so enjoyable to catch up with her and share stories about our respective families.

May God bless you and your precious family. It was so evident that afternoon in Victoria how very much Susan loved each and every one of you.

My prayers will include you and your loved ones.

Marian

Sister Evelyn Korenek

July 31, 2020

Dale, Brooke, Allison and family,
We are Nazareth Academy and Incarnate Word Convent are praying for eternal rest for mom and peace and God's comfort and peace for you. She was a special person - filling heaven with her special brand of joy and laughter.

Randy and Teresa Schneider

July 31, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family during this difficult time.

Jeanette Wenske

July 31, 2020

Dale and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Susan was a beautiful and wonderful person and will be missed by many. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

July 30, 2020

We were deeply saddened to hear that Susan had passed away. She was vibrant, fine Christian lady. We know that she will be missed by
many people. May God bless the entire Kalinowski family during your time of losss.

Jennie Alexander

July 30, 2020

Alison & Brooke, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a vivacious & beautiful woman. May she rest in God’s peace.

Mary Saenz

July 30, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Susan for many years at Victoria Bank & Trust. She actually shared the same birthday as my mother, so we enjoyed a particular bond on her special day. She was as dedicated to her work as she was to her family and I pray that her soul rests in eternal peace. God bless her family during this time.

Mary Saenz

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Biography

Susan K. Kalinowski, 66 of Victoria passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020. She was born May 5, 1954 in Victoria, TX to the late Willie and Ann Greer Svoboda.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Robert Kalinowski of Victoria; daughters, Alison (Benjamin) Giese of San Antonio, Brooke (Mark) Sumbera of Victoria; six grandchildren, Avery Giese, Isla Giese, Skylar Giese, Oliver Sumbera, Finley Sumbera and Madelyn Sumbera and sister, Betty Wendel of Victoria.
In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lauren Giese.
Susan graduated from Nazareth Academy in 1972, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She retired from thirty-three years of banking in 2006, having made many dear friends throughout the course of her career. She was a lifelong and devoted member of the Catholic Church, participating in ACTS, and volunteering for annual church missionary trips to Antigua, Guatemala.
Susan and her husband, Dale, loved to travel, having visited many countries and islands. She was an avid gardener, which was evident in the beautiful yard and home she and Dale kept. She loved attending group exercise classes at Citizens Healthplex and spending time with her beloved animals, especially her dog, Chula, and horse, Paco.
Susan’s children and grandchildren were the light of her life. To her daughters, she was a rock, always supporting them through her presence, words and prayers. To her grandchildren, she was “Mims,” a constant, trusted and effervescent grandmother, always ending every call or visit with “Love you Most!”
To her sister and friends, she was Susanna, Susie Q, Mi Hermana - the most generous and devoted soul.
Susan’s beautiful light will continue to shine through all her family and friends who loved her so dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Nazareth Academy, or Holy Family Church Guatemala Mission Fund.
Friends are invited to come by Rosewood Funeral Chapels on Friday from 3-6 PM to sign a register book and view the pictures of Susan’s life. (No family will be present). Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 9-9:30 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church followed by a rosary at 9:30 am and the Funeral Mass at 10 AM, with Rev. Greg Nevlud officiating.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.

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