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Obituary: Annette L. Kowalski

January 12, 1928 – February 28, 2023

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Annette L. Kowalski Annette L. Kowalski, nee Rzyski, age 95, of South Holland, IL, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. Beloved wife of the late Ereal Kowalski. Loving mother of the late Wayne Rolek. Proud grandmother of Lisa (Javier) Gauna and Michelle (George) Nikitaras; great-grandmother of Jacque Nikitaras, Aidan Carter, Noah Nikitaras, Gianna Nikitaras, Javier Gauna Jr., and Jillian Gauna; great-great-grandmother of Javier “Tre” Gauna III. Dear sister of the late Harry, late Esther, late Millie, late Daniel, and late Steven “Buddy”. Kind aunt of Kathy Padgett and her family, and several other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Steven and Sophie Rzyski.

A private family graveside service will be held Saturday, March 11, 2023, at Holy Cross Cemetery – Calumet City, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements entrusted to Smits Funeral Home – South Holland, IL. For further information, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online obituary and guest book at

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