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In Memory of

Berna Elizabeth Kowalski

May 18, 1922 - March 10, 2017

Obituary


Berna Elizabeth Kowalski
(age 94)
Berna was born on May 18, 1922 in Chilliwack, BC to Alec Menzies and Minnie B. Menzies. She passed away at Hospice House North in Spokane, WA on March 10, 2017. Berna grew up on Blakely Island, WA, graduated from West Sound H.S. and attended St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Bellingham. Berna was a First Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp during WWII and served overseas. She was proud of her military service and had many entertaining stories about her time in Europe. On Dec 3, 1949,...

Berna Elizabeth Kowalski
(age 94)
Berna was born on May 18, 1922 in Chilliwack, BC to Alec Menzies and Minnie B. Menzies. She passed away at Hospice House North in Spokane, WA on March 10, 2017. Berna grew up on Blakely Island, WA, graduated from West Sound H.S. and attended St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Bellingham. Berna was a First Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp during WWII and served overseas. She was proud of her military service and had many entertaining stories about her time in Europe. On Dec 3, 1949, Berna married Frederick Martin (Mike) Kowalski in Seattle, WA. Together, they raised two children, Teresa Jane Holmes and Joseph Alexander Kowalski.
Berna worked as a registered nurse in a private hospital for a short while in Grand Junction, CO and completed her nursing career at the VA Medical Centers in Grand Junction, CO and Spokane, WA. She enjoyed writing poetry, arrowhead hunting, shopping, gardening, canning and caring for her home and garden. Berna was an active member of Fowler United Methodist Church. Her last year was spent at Rockwood at Hawthorne Assisted Living. The family is grateful to the staffs of Rockwood and Hospice House for their kind and loving care of our mother and grandmother.
Berna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mike; and her daughter-in-law Pam Kowalski. She is survived by her two children: Terri Holmes (Tom) of Newport, WA and Alex Kowalski of Lake Forest Park, WA; and her grandchildren: Jeff Holmes of Pasco, WA, Zac Holmes (Rachel) of Cody, WY and Madison Kowalski of Bellingham, WA.
Berna Kowalski's memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1 pm at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N Monroe, Spokane, WA.
Arrangements under the direction of Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.