Irene Kowalski

Obituary of Irene Faye Kowalski

Irene Coe Kowalski, age 89, of Lapeer passed August 30, 2022 with the love of her family surrounding her.  

She was raised in Columbiaville, Michigan where married Ray Kowalski who passed in 2020.  Irene worked in Otter Lake at the children’s home and then retired from Oakdale after 35 years.  She was very well known for her crafting talents of sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, and beautiful paintings.  She volunteered as a leader in 4-H and Girl Scouts.   Irene and Ray were both incredible gardeners and were featured in a Master Gardeners of Lapeer event.  

Irene is survived by daughters Evelyn (Jim) Templeton, Kathy Risdon both of Lapeer, grandchildren: Bryan (Michelle) Templeton of Davison, Michael (Erynn) Templeton of Grand Blanc, Tasha (Derrick) West of Burton, Kris (Thera) Risdon of Grand Blanc, Janette Risdon of Lapeer, great-grandchildren: Brittini Templeton of Davison, Austin (Fiancé Morrigan Fifield) Templeton, Peyton Templeton, Andrew Templeton - all 3 of Grand Blanc, Katelyn (Fiancé Alex Simpson ) Risdon of Lapeer, KayLynn Risdon of Commerce Twp,  Ava Kolonich, Addison Kolonich - both of Lapeer, great-great-grand-daughter Hazel Ray Simpson, sister Joy Woods of Warren.  Irene was preceded in death by her parents Willard and Pearl Coe, husband Ray Kowalski, brothers Wallace Coe, Willard Coe, sisters Mary Dorner, Shirley Phillips, Rose Krawczyk, Ortella Holcomb, brother-in-laws Paul Dorner, Bud Phillips, Joe Krawczyk, Claude Holcombe, Marshall Woods.   

A special thank-you to Snake and Kathy Roberts of Davison, Fred and Lynell Wright of Fenton.  Our family loves sharing our grandchildren with you, the holidays, birthdays and the love & happiness you brought to my mom and Dad.   Also a special thank-you to Absolute Hospice of Grand Blanc.  Your service to our family was so appreciated, kind and caring.  Thanks to Tony, Randy, Rose, Elizabeth.  A final thank-you to our own Michelle Roberts Templeton and Tasha Roberts West - your love, caring, compassion, and knowledge took away our fears and allowed us to give all our time and love to mom and each other.  You made our choices easier and made us realize we did everything right for Mom.  We love and appreciate you both.  

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.   Arrangements entrusted to Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville.  Ray and Irene will both be interred together at Stiles Cemetery on their 70th  wedding anniversary.    Memorial contributions in memory of Irene may be made to the Master Gardeners in Lapeer.  Share memories, condolences, and pictures online with the family at 

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