Ellen F. Kowalski, 71, of Clifton Park and Colonie, NY was called Home by our Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 27, 2020. She was predeceased by her loving parents Thaddeus (Ted) and Rose O’Meara Kowalski. Ellen was their third born child on March 8, 1949 in Schenectady, NY. Ellen attended Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons High School and graduated from South Colonie Central High School and went on to attend St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Amsterdam, NY where she received her RN in 1970. While working full time, she earned her BSN Degree from Empire State College in 1991.
Ellen served in the United States Army Corp of Nurses and was stationed at Tripler Army Hospital, Honolulu, Hawaii during the height of the Viet Nam War. Following her honorable discharge in 1974, she was employed at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY as well as the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Albany, NY. Ms. Kowalski later employed by the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute, from 1998 through 2008, working on HIV screening and testing and finally as a Program Administrator, AIDS Institute’s Perinatal HIV Transmission Prevention Program
Ellen lived most of her life in the town of Colonie and was a cherished parishioner and volunteer at St. Clares Roman Catholic Church. She was an active member of their parish life committee and Bereavement Group. Upon her move to Clifton Park in recent years, she was a valued parishioner of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park, NY.
Ellen is survived by BooBoo, her Maine Coon Cat, and her seven siblings; Mary Anne Kowalski of Romulus, NY, Michael (Vicky Will) Kowalski of Kennett Square, PA, Katherine Kowalski of Colonie, NY, Joseph (Robin) Kowalski of Voorheesville, NY, Margaret (Paul) Ferro of Colonie, NY, Claire Gerace of Cohoes, NY, and Loretto (Lori) Kowalski of East Greenbush, NY. Ellen is also survived by several nieces and nephews and well as many grand nieces and nephews whom she loved and cherished as her own. She also leaves Marcia Thomas of Schenectady, her long time friend, travel and cruise companion and coworker.
Ellen loved spending time with her family. One of her greatest pleasures was traveling, especially cruises, and making new friends from across the world.
She will be missed by all who knew and loved her and remembered for her kind heart, giving nature, bright smile, and soft demeanor. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Ellen’s life will be held at a later date.
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