Charles Joseph Kowalski (Charlie) 83, of Denver, NY formerly of Northern New Jersey passed peacefully on January 28, 2023.
Born on August 2, 1939 in Manhattan, he was the son of Felix and Mary (Jedrzejewski) and lived in New Jersey before retiring to the home he built in the Catskill Mountains. He was professionally employed as a mechanical engineer in the toy, technology and manufacturing industries. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, skiing and running. Charlie ran numerous marathons all over the world and skied up until last winter. He also loved to paint scenic landscapes and portraits. He always enjoyed a good conversation of politics and was an avid reader of history. Charlie was a volunteer at the Roxbury Arts Group and served on the local planning board for many years.
In 1966, Charlie married Frances Kowalski (Faciano) and was the loving father to his son Michael (Karen) and his daughter Claudia (Gary) Stromberg. He was also the very proud and cherished grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren Michael (Laurie) and Nicole Kowalski, Stephen, Emma and Kristy Stromberg. Charlie recently found out that he was going to become a great grandfather in August of this year. Charlie enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his children and grandchildren. Charlie is also survived by his niece Pamela Marlowe and nephew Richard Zozula as well as nieces and nephews from the Bongiorno and Faciano families. He has always been proud of his Polish heritage and had connected with many cousins in Poland, Brazil and Sweden and cherished their relationships dearly. Charlie had many friends from both his working career and his time in New York City, New Jersey and the Catskills.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving sister Genevieve “Jean” Benzing , her husband Fred and his nephew William Zozula.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Corpus Christi Parish, 234 Southern Blvd, Chatham, NJ on February 10 from 10 am followed by a funeral mass at 11 am. A memorial service will be held in the Margaretville, NY area this summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.