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December 21, 1949 – February 21, 2024

“Life is a gift…and with children and mothers, they never truly part, they bound in the beating of each other’s hearts, forever”.

Our Julie Ann Kowalczyk, this beautiful soul, passed away peacefully with a strong fight, surrounded by all who loved her on February 21, 2024.  What a strong heart she had, and hugs so tight.

Julie was born in Minneapolis on December 21, 1949.  During her childhood years you would have found her to be enjoying gardening, playing kick the can, helping her father in the garage, doing chores every Saturday, making brownies with her mother for Girl Scouts and learning how to knit.  She would later proclaim she was more of a “Daddy’s girl”, despite her closeness with her mother.  In the winters, she loved the holidays!  While making cookies, snow angles and driving around looking at Christmas lights, she was “happy and free” is how she would speak of this.  In the summers,  she enjoyed going to Spectacle Lake with her family and enjoyed waterskiing and just being with her family.  She loved her youth. She found so much joy in this.

She later enjoyed becoming a “Socialite”, all the while, hanging out with the Mayor of Minneapolis during political campaigns, being crowned Princess at Northwestern Bell, marching in the band with her clarinet and later dressed to the “9” as she had such classy taste that carried on with her throughout her life.  She was seamless, always.  She graduated Highschool at Patrick Henry in 1967 then later pursued her desire and talent with Photography in 2004.

She married Dale Edward Kowalczyk Sr. on July 12, 1969, to whom she only met 6 months prior.  Her story states, she happened to leave a friends wedding to go bowling that night and stumbled upon him.  She said he was “so handsome, clean cut and groomed so well out of the service”, he swept her off her feet, thus the marriage!  She loved him so dearly in that moment.  And with that, the legacy of her began, 4 children later and the new chapter.

Julie enjoyed watching her children grow and become who they are today.  She was spoiled with 8 beautiful grandchildren later and 1 great-grandchild.  She was in bliss!  The grandchildren would reminisce about the cinnamon and sugar buttered bread, sliding the mattress down her stairs, her music, her pancakes, the back tickles, while singing “You are my sunshine”.  The cookies, her delicate hands while sewing, not to mention, the lemon bars.  Julie had so many gifts in which she shared many of those with her children and grandchildren.  Ian, her youngest, handsome grandchild (who had a very special relationship with her I may add)…was blessed to have been taught how to make her famous roll out cookies and how to sew, she really enjoyed this time, as well as the playful hide and seek.  Additionally, they enjoyed making some pillows together, while Jackson was able to make one too just a few years prior.  Aurora, her beautiful great-grandchild, also was so special to her.  Not only were they “heart warriors”, it was her precious, 4th generation to whom she shared many moments with playing and singing to her, “Pony Boy” being one of the tunes or “Let me call you sweet-heart”.  She bounced all the of them on her knee while doing so!  They all had special moments together.

She embraced every moment with all, undoubtedly, she loved each and every one of us unconditionally.  She had the perfect love, illustrated with her glowing smiles and tight hugs, her cackle laugh and endless waves good bye.  She sprinkled heaven on us all when she left us.  She was amazing!  Just like her blue birds that matched her beautiful blue eyes.

She is preceded in death by her husband Dale, father Robert and mother June.  Julie will be deeply missed by many including her children; Dawn (Randy), Malisa (Kip), Jenifer (Norb), Dale Jr. (Jeanne); 8 grandchildren: Bryer (Shelagh), Austin, Shaylee (T.J.), Aspen (Nick), McKayla (Shawn), Griffen (Delaney), Jackson, Ian and Aurora, her great-grandchild.  As well as her brother’s and sister’s, cousins and friends.

A very heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Cura Free in Monticello, MN.  They captured just a glimpse of our mom only for a short time but fell in love with her and took care of her as if she was their own.  Truly amazing staff that took such good care of her.

A Visitation will be on Thursday, February 29th, 2024 from 3PM – 7PM to include refreshments and food throughout the duration with prayers and her Celebration of Life at 5:30PM. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home, 300 North Main Street, St. Michael, MN.  Darcy Ready and Chris William will officate.

Honorary Casket Bearer will be her son Dale E. Kowalczyk Jr.

Casket Bearers will be Bryer Long, Austin Bouressa, Griffen Marquette, Jackson Bouressa and Ian Kowalczyk.


3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Wayne Ringate

    So sorry to hear about Julies passing. We were long time classmates, graduating from Patrick Henry in 1967. Condolences to her family.

  2. Gary and Debbie Hyde

    We were so sorry to hear about Dale’s mom’s passing

  3. Lauren Panico

    Thinking of you all during this very difficult time. She was an amazing person and wonderful mother. May she no longer suffer and rest in peace.


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