Zenita M. Kowalczyk, age 96, of Gilman, passed away on
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Oakwood Villa, Altoona.
Zenita was born August 22, 1917 in Greeley, Iowa, the daughter
of the late Frank & Hazel (McCartney) Taylor. At a young age
she moved with her family to the Gilman area where she grew up
and attended area schools. On August 22, 1939 she was united
in marriage to Frank Kowalczyk at St.’s Peter & Paul Catholic
Church in Gilman. For two years they lived in Gilman, then
moved to Chicago for employment, later moving back to Gilman
to take over the family farm until 1971 when they moved into the
village of Gilman. Zenita was a devout Catholic with a great love
for her God and her family. She was known for always
remembering birthday’s, and anniversaries. Polka music and
dancing also gave her great joy.
She is survived by her daughters, Rosalie Fischer of Eau
Claire; Barbara Dempsey of Maplewood, MN; Kathy (John) Reyes
of Frisco, TX; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 17 great-
great-grandchildren, sister, Jeanette Nelson of Chetek, and son-
in-law, Steve Reynolds of Eau Claire. She was preceded in death
by her parents, husband Frank in 1997, daughter, Carol
Reynolds in 2004, and siblings, Warren and Burdette Taylor,
Ellen Ogorzalek, Cora Gozy & Bernard in infancy.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11 a.m.
at St.’s Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Gilman, with Fr. Madanu
Sleeva Raju officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church.
Plombon Funeral Service is assisting the family.