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Rev. James C. Kowalski

KOWALSKI – Rev. James C. Kowalski aged 64 of Grand Rapids died February 22 2008. Born September 19 1943 in Toledo OH son of Chester and Florence Kowalski he was ordained December 20 1968 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Fr. Jim served the following parishes St. Adalbert Grand Rapids St. Mary Muskegon St. Jude Grand Rapids St. Mary Magdalen Kentwood St. John Vianney Wyoming St. Robert Ada Holy Family Caledonia and St. Paul the Apostle Grand Rapids. He also served as chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital Grand Rapids and as Father Friar of the Squires of the Michigan Knights of Columbus. Fr. Jim valued education and was principal of Catholic Central High School Muskegon and St. Joseph’s Seminary. He was active at Catholic Central and West Catholic Aquinas College and the diocesan deaconate formation. He served as trustee of the Grand Rapids Secondary Schools. He is survived by his sisters Judy (Captain James) Fraley of Ogdensburg NY and JoAnn Kowalski (David Sumi) of Madison WI; and brother Dr. John (Cheryl) Kowalski of Chicago IL; nieces and nephews Jennifer and Joshua Fraley Cara Sumi Amy and Andrew Kowalski; also aunts uncles and cousins of Toledo OH. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church 2750 Burton SE Most Rev. Walter A. Hurley Bishop of Grand Rapids presiding. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home 3980 Cascade Rd. SE and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church and one hour prior to the service. Vigil service at 7 p.m. At the family’s request memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools 660 Burton St. SE Grand Rapids MI 49507 St. Paul the Apostle/Daniel J. Donnelly Education Foundation 2750 Burton St. SE Grand Rapids MI 49546-4998 Grand Rapids Youth Symphony 300 Ottawa Ave. NW Suite 100 Grand Rapids MI 49503.

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