Clementene “Clemie” Kowalski, 94, of Michigan City passed away on Monday,
Feb. 20, 2012 at 6:35 p.m. at her home in Michigan City with her loving
family by her side. She was 94.
She was born Jan. 1, 1919 in South Bend to the late George and Victoria
Niemier. On August 31, 1940 she married Stanley Kowalski at St. Casimer’s
Church in South Bend. Clemie and Stanley were married 48 years before his
death on Oct. 6, 1988. Stan was the love of her life and she often talked
about him throughout her life to her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by children Marci (husband Michael) Kastner of St. Joseph,
Mich., Elaine Niegos of LaPorte, Christine (Larry) Beaver of LaPorte and Jim
(wife Susan) Kowalski of Chesterton; 14 grandchildren: David (Kim) Kastner,
Dennis (Tracy) Kastner, Kenneth (Nikki) Kastner, Cindy (Eric) Belz, Susan
(Michael) Wilkins, Ronald (Jill) Niegos, Kristi (Lee) Bootz, Tim (Kyra)
Niegos, Jennifer (Jeffery) Remijas, Lainie (Norman Lehman) Beaver, Jaimie
(Tony) Pierce, Aaron Kowalski, Jessica Kowalski and Brian Kowalski; 18
great-grandchildren Andrew, Travis, Rebecca, Kevin and Katelyn Kastner,
Mackenzie, Sierra, Kaleigh, and Taylor Belz, Christopher and Shannon
Wilkins, Devon and Jordan Niegos, Syndee Spears, Jeffery Remijas Jr., Duston
and Tyler Noveroske, and Emily (Kevin) Pattengale; and one
great-great-granddaughter Jayden Niegos.
She is preceded in death by son-in-law: Richard Niegos; great-great-grandson
Levi Pattengale; brothers John, Casimir and Rev. Bernard Niemier CSC and
sisters Mary Marcinkowski, Margaret Niespodziany, Regina Makielski, Veronica
Szumski and Sophie Zyto.
She was the retired bookkeeper for Kowalski’s Auto Salvage in Michigan City
for 30 years. She grew up in South Bend and attended St. Casimer grade
school and Washington High School. For a time she worked at Bendix Corp in
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St.
Stanislaus Kostka Church with Rev. Walter Ciesla officiating. Burial will
follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Friday from 4 to
8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Root Funeral Home, 312
E. 7th St., Michigan City. Saint Stanislaus Rosary Sodality will have a
rosary on Friday at 4:30 p.m. followed by a Women of the Moose Memorial
service at 6 p.m., both at the Root Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to
the Saint Stanislaus Renascience Building Fund.