Theresa Kowalski

theresa  kowalski
Theresa E. Kowalski, 76, Fargo passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Sanford Health, Fargo surrounded by her loving family. Theresa was born on February 2, 1939 to Joseph P. and Caroline M. (Stein) Pfliger near Stanton, ND. She attended Pleasant Valley Country School through the 8th grade and graduated from Hazen High School in 1957. She then attended Minneapolis Business College and received her degree. Her first position was at State Bank of Hazen where she worked for 3 years. She then started at Hazen Memorial Hospital as a bookkeeper. She married Andrew D. Kowalski, Jr. on June 3, 1961 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Hazen. They moved to Fargo where she raised their three children. Later she did the books for their company, Andy’s Plumbing. They both retired in 1997. Theresa was an avid bowler being inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 2000. She served as the secretary of her bowling league—“Happy Bowlers” for 39 years. She also enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren, crocheting and cross stitching. She is survived by her children; Kevin (Debbie) Kowalski, Fargo, ND, Vicki (Perry) Birkholz, Fargo, ND, Andrea (Karen Buretta) Ryba, Fargo, ND, grandchildren; Jesse Ryba, Kayla Birkholz, Nicole Birkholz, Amber Ryba, siblings; Leora Retterath, Stanton, ND, Dorothy Lang (Edgar) Nappa, ID, and James Pfliger (Leatrice) Mesquite, NV. She is preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; parents, Joseph and Caroline; grandchild, Justin Ryba; siblings, Clemins Pfliger, Joseph Pfliger, Benjamin Pfliger, Martin Pfliger and Cecelia Hauck. Prayer Service: 7:00 P.M. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo with visitation starting at 6:00 P.M. Funeral Mass: 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 10, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.

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  1. Theresa was a wonderful lady and we will miss her greatly at Rosewood, Theresa became part of the Rosewood family and what a joy she was! I want to thank Andrea, Vicki, and Kevin for sharing their mom with us. There will be a big void at Rosewood now that Theresa is gone, but what a reunion she and Andy must be having in Heaven. God’s Blessing to you all.

  2. Fond memories of Theresa from the summers that I worked with Vicki and Annie at Harry Howland Pool. Glad that she and Andy are together in heaven–they made a great team! Thoughts and prayers to the family!

  3. Prayers to all family members, Vicki I am so sorry for your loss. Mom’s hold such a special place in our hearts.

  4. Kevin,Andrea, Vicki and families,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of Teresa. I will never forget all the great conversations with her across the fence over all the years. She and your dad watched both Kari and Kristi grow up also and would have a beverage once in a while talking about daily life!
    You all take care of yourselves and your mom will be missed by many.

  5. I was saddened to hear of Theresa’s death. She was the first babysitter for our daughter Theresa and our daughter Liz I remember her as having a great sense of humor being a great cook and also having a green thumb with beautiful house plants. I wish her eternal blessings and I’m grateful that I knew her. God bless to her family

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