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Ardula Kazlowski

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11th, 2013

Ardula Kazlowski
MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. - Ardula Kazlowski, 92, formerly of Mendota, died Sept. 10, 2013 at Gardens at Providence Place, a hospice in Mount Juliet, Tenn.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 at Holy Cross Church, Mendota. Visitation will be from at 9 a.m. until time of mass on Sept. 16 at the Schwartz Funeral Home, Mendota.

Mrs. Kazlowski was born May 27, 1921 on a farm near Rushville, the second of eight children. She married Vance Kazlowski in Kewanee on Aug. 21, 1943. He preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1998.

Survivors include three children, Victor (Kay) of Mount Juliet; Ruth Passmore of Moline; and Mark (Barbara) Kazlowski of Cedar Hill, Texas; three sisters, Marguerite Dalrymple, Clara B. Dalrymple and Darlene Penticoff; four grandchildren, Kimberly Kazlowski, Ryan and Gary Passmore and Kristopher Kazlowski; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Roly Walker; her husband; and four brothers, Roland, David, Bob and Gerald Walker.

Mrs. Kazlowski lived in Mendota for 57 years. She was a member of Holy Cross Church and was active in St. Mary’s Altar Society at Holy Cross. She was also a member of the Ladies of the Moose. She was a fulltime mother but worked part-time for the Mendota Reporter in production for many years. After her children left home, she worked in the cafeteria at Northbrook School, where she enjoyed the friends she made and interactions with the students. She converted to Catholicism before her marriage and was a regular at weekday and Sunday masses for years until she could no longer drive. When it finally came time to give up her car, her one request was that it went to a good home.

She loved the color purple, peppermint ice cream and salt in her occasional beer. She was not athletic but tolerated her family, which was. If there was not a game in the backyard, there was one in the neighborhood or on television. Her attempt to play golf, a family pastime, was a short-lived pursuit. She settled for watching golf on television and was a fan of Tom Kite, for no other reason than she said he was cute. She proudly shared her birthday with Hall of Fame golfer Sam Snead.

There was usually a pet in the home, always a dog, never a cat. For a while one summer, a pet raccoon, Chico, was welcome in the house until he made a snack of the guppies in the aquarium. She showed uncharacteristic speed in chasing Chico out of the house with a broom, and he was never allowed back in.

Travel was another interest. The family took many summer camping trips when the children were at home. Later, she enjoyed organized bus trips around the state and country. She had particularly fond memories of a trip to Alaska and another to Denver to see the pope. Above all, she cherished a tour she took to Ireland, which she thought to be the home of her ancestors.

She was proud to have an unusual first name. She dropped not-so-subtle hints with pregnant relatives and close friends how wonderful it would be to have another Ardula in the world. Alas, she had no takers. She was one of a kind.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Valley of Our Lady Monastery, E 11096 Yanke Drive, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578-9737 or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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