Obituary: Sister Joan Kowalski, OP


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ADRIAN, Mich. – Sister Joan Kowalski, formerly known as Sister Anne Richelle, died Jan. 8, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich. She was 82.

Born in Detroit, Sister Kowalski’s ministry assignments in the San Diego-area included these positions: elementary administrator at St. John of the Cross School in Lemon Grove, Calif., 1977 to 1978; psychiatric assistant and counselor at the San Diego Center for Psychotherapy, 1980 to 1995; and pastoral counselor at St. Patrick (1995 to 1998) and St. Elizabeth Seton (1998 to 2015) parishes, both in Carlsbad.

Sister Kowalski became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2023.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 12 at St. Catherine Chapel in Adrian. Burial was at Congregation Cemetery.

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