Josephine (Ratynski) Kowalski

July 5, 1928 ~ October 3, 2019 (age 91)


Josephine (Ratynski) Kowalski, of Reading, died October 3, 2019 in Mifflin Center, Cumru Township, where she had been a guest since January.
She was married October 2, 1948 to John Andrew Kowalski (1925-2001).
Born in her Reading residence on July 5, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Maryann (Dompkowski) Ratynski.
Josephine was a 1946 graduate of Alvernia High School, Reading.
She worked as an inspector for 8 years with Berkshire Knitting Mills, Wyomissing, retiring in 1956.
Josephine was a life long member of St. Anthony’s of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Millmont.
She is survived by a daughter, Carol Jo, wife of Barry W. Shipper of Temple.
Other survivors include two grandchildren: Sean M., husband of Tracy Shipper and Noele J. Shipper, all of Muhlenberg Township and a great grandson, Talon M. Shipper.
Josephine was also predeceased by her seven siblings: Czeslaw “Chester”, Herman “Raymond”, Bernard, Edmond, Helen, Wadsworth “Walter” and Peter.
She enjoyed fashion, high heels, polka music, cooking and sewing.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, October 8th at 10:30 am in the Chapel of St. George in Gethsemane Cemetery, 3139 Kutztown Road, Reading.
A visitation will be held Tuesday from 9:00 – 10:00 am in Stitzel Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 3300 Kutztown Road, Laureldale.
Entombment will be in Gethsemane Cemetery Mausoleum, Muhlenberg Township.
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