Marilynne Rose Kowalski, nee Matt

Marilynee Kowalski

Marilynne Rose Kowalski, 75, of Jacksonport, Wisconsin, formerly of LaGrange Park, Illinois, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family by her side on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

She was born January 19, 1946 in Cicero, Illinois, daughter of the late Charles J. and Rose Ellen (Ruzicka) Matt. Marilynne met the love of her life, David Kowalski, and the two were wed on August 26, 1972 at St. Mary Parish in Riverside, IL. Together, they raised their family of four beautiful children.  Marilynne was a cherished wife and loving mother and grandmother. She was also very creative and loved music, art, poetry, needlework, gardening, and praying.

Marilynne was a devout Catholic and was involved in many activities with her church, Stella Maris Parish, as well as the many parishes she has been a parishioner of her entire life. Marilynne received her certificate in Advanced Studies in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. She was part of the peer supervision group that met at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, WI. She was very involved with the Christ Child Society, an organization helping young mothers with the needs of their babies and small children. She enjoyed participating in her prayer shawl ministry, the Catholic Women’s group, and was a member of the parish prayer vine. 

Over the years, she had been a lector, extraordinary minister, sacristan, and enjoyed helping with art and environment at her various parishes, from Iowa to Massachusetts back to Illinois and then to Wisconsin. Marilynne’s love of nature brought her and David to move to their log cabin home in Door County, where they were closer to God’s creation of birds, trees, and wildlife. Marilynne enjoyed walking and taking pictures of butterflies, birds, flowers, and rock formations. 

Prior to moving to beautiful ‘up north’, she was very active in the SPREAD program at St. Louise de Marillac Church, which is a program for teaching young adults with special needs. 

Marilynne’s memory will be kept alive by her husband of 49 years, David; children, Dorothy (Stephen) Beck, Tom (Lori-Ann) Kowalski, and Theresa (Joseph) Byelick; 10 grandchildren, Aaron, Nathan, Brandon, Cameron, Danielle, and Stephanie Beck, Molly and Owen Kowalski, and James and Bennett Byelick; sisters-in-law, Nancy and Doreen Matt; brothers-in-law, Rich and Michael (Ellen) Kowalski; and nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rose Matt; daughter, Mary Margaret Kowalski; and brothers, Chuck and Rich Matt.

Marilynne’s life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, October 18, 2021 at Stella Maris Parish – Baileys Harbor Site at 11:00 a.m. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the start of Mass.

A wake service will also be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home in Brookfield, IL at 11:00 a.m. Visitation for family and friends will be held at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the service. She will be laid to rest beside her daughter in Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Christ Child Society of Door County, P.O. Box 572, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. 

Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Kowalski family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Marilynne may be shared with her family through her tribute page at

For those of you that would like to express your condolences to the family, please click on the link below and you can leave the family a message. If you wish to send a Sympathy Card to the Family, please feel free to send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513, c/o the Marilynne Rose Kowalski Family. We will gladly forward it on to the family.

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  1. Steven Lifka condolence:

    Condolences to the Kowalski Family. Marilynne was excellent and she will be greatly missed. May the angles lead her into paradise.

  2. Steven Lifka condolence:

    Condolences to the Kowalski Family. Marilynne will be greatly missed.

  3. Tina & Wally Felckowski condolence:

    We were saddened to hear of Marilynne’s passing. Dave, we send our condolences to you and your family. We fondly remember our Marriage Encounter Conferences with the two of you and your kids. Such memories! You are in our prayers.

  4. Kathleen McLynn condolence:

    She was such a nice lady. My condolences to the Kowalski family. She can now join the card game, up there, with my parents, Fr. Hergenrother and Deacon Huslig.

  5. Ginny & Bob Grecco condolence:

    Marilynne was an inspiration and role model for all Christian women. I will miss her wit and wisdom and love of her family and our Lord. God rest her sweet soul.

  6. David Matt & family condolence:

    Prayers and love towards the entire Kowalski family. Marilynne was a wonderful aunt and an amazing mother to her children and grandmother as well. Her loving nature will be missed by all.

  7. Chris Cooper condolence:

    Peace and love to my friend Theresa and the Kowalski family on the passing of your beloved mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt. Though I did not have the pleasure of meeting Marilynne, I do know that she has left a legacy of loving kindness in the daughter who gives so much of herself to others. May you all find comfort in the company of one another as you mourn her passing.

  8. Mary Ann Huslig condolence:

    Praying for your family as you grieve Marilynne’s death. She was such a special person in so many lives. Her quiet caring gifts lifted many in their times of sorrow and need. May the loving memories sustain you as she rejoices in Heaven without physical pain. Know my Dennis was on her welcoming committee in Heaven.

  9. Jerry Kosierowski condolence:

    Very saddened to learn of your loss, cousin. I pray the Lord’s comfort on you and your family at this time. Jerry

  10. Laura Hill condolence:

    As a co-worker of Theresa’s for several years, our friendship has become like family. We have shared this sad journey together over the past year. From my family to yours – deepest sympathy. Heaven has another angel to watch over all of us.

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