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Mary Lillian Moy Kowalik
Mary Lillian Moy Kowalik, 74, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in a car accident outside of Orange Grove, Texas. Mary was born in Falls City on Aug. 15, 1939, to Stanik and Frances Lyssy Moy.
She graduated from Falls City High School in 1957 and married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Kowalik, in 1958. Together they farmed and ranched. Mary was an excellent seamstress and worked 25 years in the Falls City National Bank at the main branch and the Eagle Creek branch until her retirement in August 2012. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church and Altar Society in Falls City.
In addition to working at the Falls City National Bank, Mary also loved all the family time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. There could never be enough noise in her house with kids. Nothing would slow her down. Christmas meant everything to Mary. She would decorate soon after Thanksgiving equaling a Griswald Christmas times ten! She wanted Christmas with all the family to last as long as it could, so “one gift at a time” was her motto. Mary enjoyed watching hummingbirds, her gardens, and the relaxing waterfall sounds in her back yard. Mary traveled many places and never met a stranger. One of her goals was to snowmobile in the snow -- she’s probably doing that in Heaven now with our Daddy. She always encouraged her children, and in turn we encouraged her.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Thomas Kowalik; her parents; her brother, Emil Moy; and sister Gracie Flieller.
She is survived by her children, Natalie Klostermann and husband Ronnie of Corpus Christi, Alan Kowalik and wife Lorena of Round Rock, Thomas Kowalik Jr. and wife Yvette of Falls City, and Sandy Klostermann and husband Brent of Orange Grove; grandchildren Rebecca Grabarkewitz and husband Neal of Arlington, Virginia, Suzanne Burch and husband Justin of Humble, Isabel and Alina Kowalik of Falls City, and Carson, Connor, and Cannon Klostermann of Orange Grove; great-grandchildren Landon and Kaitlyn Burch of Humble; her brothers, Leonard Moy of Hobson and Fabian Moy of Falls City; sister Dorothy Felux of San Antonio; numerous nephews and nieces; and her dog, Katie.
Visitation was held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Falls City.
A funeral service was held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the church, officiated by the Rev. Gregory Sawicki, SDS.
Interment followed in the Falls City Cemetery where she will lay in perpetual rest next to her husband, parents, and sister.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of her sister, Gracie Flieller.
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