Mary Kowacic

CALUMET – Mary Kowacic, 92, a lifelong resident of Calumet, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility where she had been a resident for the past three years.

Mary was the daughter of pioneer German immigrants, Joseph and Victoria Kowacic and was the last survivor of nine children.

She was born on September 23, 1921, in Calumet and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, class of 1939.

Following graduation Mary worked for the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company in the payroll and accounting department for over 20 years. In 1961 she started her tenure at Michigan Technological University culminating her career as the Executive Secretary for the Michigan Tech Fund working for R.T. Dunnebacke.

During Mary’s early years she was gifted with a beautiful voice, singing at many civic and social functions along with many years in the Sacred Heart Church choir. She was active in civic affairs as the Secretary for the “Copper Town Festival Days” in the 1970s as well as the National award winning Knights of Columbus Drug Prevention Program in 1974. In the 1980s she was active in the Sacred Heart High School/Calumet High School all school reunion committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Amelia and Theresa; and brothers, Joseph, John, Carl, Tony, Martin and Edmund.

Surviving is a special Godchild, Kristen Ryan Taylor of New Zealand; and longtime special friends, Ed and Jana Jenich, among a host of friends.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 in the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Fr. Abraham Mupparathara to officiate.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the church on Saturday. Spring burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery.

A special thank you to Dr. Michael Luoma for his compassionate care over the years and to the Aspirus Keweenaw Staff and the Houghton County Medical Care Facility for their tender loving care of Mary the last three years.

Memorials may be directed to the Jamie Lynn Jurmu Scholarship Fund of Aspirus Keweenaw Health Foundation.

Ryan Funeral Home is serving the family.