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Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home & Rosewood Memorial Park

601 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

Joseph George Kowalski, Jr.

May 23, 1949November 28, 2019
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Joseph Kowalski passed away November 28, 2019 at a local hospital with family and friends at his bedside. He is survived by his wife, Sue, and their daughter Kimberly. Other family members include brother-in-law, Neil Christensen; nephews, David Keidel, Ron Keidel (Laurie); great nieces and nephews; best friend, Dick Dunford; and a host of friends and extended family members.

Born in Richmond and raised in Williamsburg, Joe was a graduate of ODU and worked as Library Assistant at ODU for nearly 29 years. He was an avid book collector and seller, loved going to yard and estate sales, and was a long-time ODU basketball fan.

Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, Witchduck Road, is handling arrangements. A visitation will be conducted from 4-6pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2pm, Monday, December 2, 2019 in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be later next week at 11am, Monday, December 9, 2019 at Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 437 Providence Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.kellumfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Sue, Loving Wife
  • Kimberly, Daughter
  • Neil Christensen, Brother-in-law
  • David Keidel, Nephew
  • Ron Keidel and wife, Laurie, Nephew
  • Dick Dunford, Best Friend
  • Mr. Kowalski also leaves behind great nieces and nephews and a host of friends and extended family members
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 2, 2019

Memories

Joseph George Kowalski, Jr.

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Joan & Ken Johnson

December 1, 2019

Sue & Kim,
With everything as a family you shared together -
the years of much love and the warmth of caring for each other;
you created a special bond that will always be a part of you.
Hoping you find comfort now in that very special love-
a love that will last forever.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Joan & Ken Johnson

Mary Ellen Triplett

December 1, 2019

Sue and Kim,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mary Ellen, Charlie, & Sam Triplett

Bill Longsworth

December 1, 2019

Sue and Kim,

Joe was a wonderful man I remember my first time meeting him I was picking Kim up for prom he was so nice we had a common intrest in the civil war I wish I could have known hin better than I did. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Bill Longsworth

Mona Farrow

November 30, 2019

Joe was a co-worker of mine at Old Dominion University Perry Library. He would find children books for my twin daughters when he went to yard sales. Sue and Kimberly the two of you were the center of Joe’s world and everything revolved around the two of you. Joe was a very kind and considerate person.

Lona Tonelson

November 30, 2019

Sue,
Steve and I are thinking of you at this very sad time. You and Kimberly are in our prayers.
Lona Tonelson

Larry Kagan MD

November 30, 2019

As Joe’s former family physician for many years, I wanted to share my sympathies and condolences with Sue, Kimberly and the whole family. Joe was very funny and had a great sense of humor. I always enjoyed his office visits. May he Rest In Peace.
Larry Kagan MD (ret)

Flo Daniels

November 29, 2019

Dear Sue,
My deepest condolences. I am so sadden to learn of Joe’s passing. Please know that you and Kim are in my thoughts and prayers. I am going to make a donation in Joe’s memory to my scholarship in my chapter. Love you both.

Flo

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Palm Sunday 1950
Mom, Gloria, Joey

FROM THE FAMILY

Look at that blonde hair!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Palm Sunday 1950
Mom, Gloria, Joey

FROM THE FAMILY

Look at that blonde hair!

FROM THE FAMILY

Playing with that beach ball at Harvey's Lake in Pennsylvania 1951

FROM THE FAMILY

February 1951
Joe, Joey, Gloria, and Dot

FROM THE FAMILY

What an adorable picture of the little farmer with his kitty and dog!

FROM THE FAMILY

April 1953
Dot, Joey, Joe, and Gloria at Byrd Park in Richmond

FROM THE FAMILY

Easter 1954
Joe, Uncle Edgie, Dot, Gloria, and Joey

FROM THE FAMILY

Christmas 1956
Cowboy outfit was a great gift. Thanks, Santa!

FROM THE FAMILY

1956
Joey (7 1/2) and Gloria (10 1/2)

Biography

Joseph Kowalski passed away November 28, 2019 at a local hospital with family and friends at his bedside. He is survived by his wife, Sue, and their daughter Kimberly. Other family members include brother-in-law Neil Christensen, nephews David Keidel, Ron Keidel (Laurie), great nieces and nephews, best friend Dick Dunford, and a host of friends and extended family members.

Born in Richmond and raised in Williamsburg, Joe was a graduate of ODU and worked as Library Assistant at ODU for nearly 29 years. He was an avid book collector and seller, loved going to yard and estate sales, and was a long-time ODU basketball fan.

Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, Witchduck Road, is handling arrangements. A visitation will be conducted from 4-6pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2pm, Monday, December 2, 2019 in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be later next week at 11am, Monday, December 9, 2019 at Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 437 Providence Road, Chesapeake, VA 23325. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.kellumfuneralhome.com.