Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 7, 2012

Geneva Ann (Suski) Kowaleski

SWITCHBACK —  Geneva Ann (Suski) Kowaleski, age 89, of Switchback, W.Va., died Friday, January 6, 2012 at Open Arms Hospice in Greenville, S.C. Born on July 8, 1922 in Gary, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Tony and Anne Suski.  She lived in Switchback most of her life, spending the last five years with her son John and daughter Patricia in Greenville, S.C. She was a graduate of Elkhorn High School.  She was married to the late Charlie Kowaleski for 53 years, and they had eight children together. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Richard; and husband, Charlie.

Survivors include her daughters, Charlotte A. Mabus of Switchback, W.Va., Linda Webb and husband Randy of Marshalltown, Iowa, Patricia L. Kowaleski of Greenville, S.C.; sons, Charles S. Kowaleski Jr. of Orange, Calif., Joseph A. Kowaleski and wife Donna of Bramwell, W.Va., Bill Kowaleski and wife Tammy of Charleston, W.Va., John D. Kowaleski of Greenville, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call on Sunday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell where the visitation will be preceded with a  Catholic Prayer Vigil starting at 1:15 p.m. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2012 with Father Paul Wharton celebrating a Christian Burial Service at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, W.Va., followed by celebrating entombment at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Bluewell. Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the family.

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