Christine Kowalzek, 91

Christine Kowalzek, a resident of Harding, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls.

A Mass of Christina Burial was held Thursday, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding, with Fr. David Maciej officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery

Christine was born March 10, 1920, in Pulaski Township, Morrison County, to the late Ignatz and Mary (Ciminski) Brisk. She grew up and attended school in Pulaski Township. She was united in marriage to Steve Kowalzek, Oct. 19, 1937, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Harding. The couple made their home on a farm in Pulaski Township where they raised their 16 children. Her husband, Steve, passed away, March 11, 1993, and Christine continued living on the farm with her son, Steven. Christine worked outside the home at the Boat Works in Little Falls for 17 years and farmed with her husband. In July 2004, Christine became a resident of the Pierz Villa where she resided at the time of her death. Christine enjoyed gardening, flowers, playing cards, baking bread, animals on the farm and being a mother to her children. She was a faithful member of Holy Cross Catholic Church all her life. Her family will miss her sense of humor. She had a unique way of communicating with people. Everyone seemed to enjoy her company.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Shirley (Arne) Zapzalka of Harding, Rose Ann (Jim) Reifsteck of Buffalo, Mary Jane (Herman) Peine of Pierz, Delores (Duane) Eggerth of Little Falls, Gerald (Sandra) Kowalzek of Monticello, Thomas (Janice Smuda) Kowalzek of Harding, Marlys (Les) Petry of Ham Lake, Barbara (Les) Luukkonen of Elk River, Patricia Bourne of Randall, Paul (Dawn) Kowalzek of Brainerd and Steven (Becky Olson) Kowalzek of Harding; 46 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Vivian Brisk of Gregory, S.D., and many nieces and nephews.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Kowalzek; her parents, Ignatz and Mary (Ciminski) Brisk; children, Theodore Kowalzek, Peter Kowalzek, James Kowalzek, Virginette Tretter and Carol Kowalzek; grandchildren, Dale Tretter, Steven Tretter, Jeffrey Kowalzek and Laurie Kowalzek and siblings, Donald Brisk and Alex Brisk.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home