(Friday - March 05, 2021) - Barbara Ann Kowalski, age 84, of Niagara, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.

Barb was born February 5, 1937, in Niagara, daughter of the late Fred and Buella (Whaley) Petersen. She was a lifelong resident of Niagara and graduated from Niagara High School, class of 1955. She married Robert Kowalski on July 3, 1955, in Niagara. Barbara worked at Maryhill Manor in her earlier years as a nurse's aide and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara.

Barb enjoyed baking, making cookies at Christmas time, and distributing her baked goods to many friends in the area. She loved collecting cookbooks and trying new recipes which she would then share with her many friends. She loved planting a garden, canning, and was an avid reader, having read thousands of books. Barb would also collect pop can tops and donate them to area fundraisers. She will be missed by her family and many friends. They will always remember her visiting and her gift to socialize.

Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Robert Kowalski; three sons, Michael (Audrey) Kowalski of Florida, Steven (Felicia) Kowalski of Ohio and John (Angela) Kowalski of Quinessec; two daughters, Buffy (Patrick) Kelly of Niagara, and Kris (Steve) McGrath of Sherwood, Wisconsin; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Barb was preceded by one brother, Alan Gerald Petersen.

In accordance with Barb's wishes, private family services will be held.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services-Niagara Chapel, to honor Barb's legacy of life.


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