Kathleen Mary Kowal

Kathleen M. Kowal, age 59, a lifelong resident of Kenosha, passed away on Thursday, December 1st, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on September 9th, 1963, to the late Richard and Arlene (Griffin) Gleason. She graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School with the Class of 1981. She was employed as an Operations Coordinator at the Kenosha County Job Center for 31 years. Kathy was also President/Owner of Gyros-N-Heroes, a business she established in 1998. Gyros-N-Heroes became an extraordinary sandwich shop and the only Gryo shop established in Kenosha. She later sold the business in 2000.
She was full of life and love with a smile that lit up a room and her energy could turn any night into day. She took chances and was fierce in everything that she did. She was passionate when it came to sports and excelled in ALL of them. She loved playing pool, bags, softball, golfing, and was an active member of the Moose Lodge in Kenosha.
Kathy is survived by her former husband of 19 years, John Kowal; two daughters: Marissa Kowal and Stephanie Poyner; four grandchildren: Sean and Kaitlyn Poyner, Brantley Hecht, and Scarlet Jelinek; two brothers: David and Richard Gleason; along with many dear friends who she cherished deeply. She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Sandra Gleason and Karen Brown.

Visitation will take place on Monday, December 12th, 2022 at the Kemper Center of Kenosha Founders Hall (6501 3rd Ave.) from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Graveside Burial Service will be held the following morning, Tuesday, December 13th, 2022 at 10:00am at St. George Cemetery (2901 Sheridan Road).

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Thoughts for Kathleen Mary Kowal;

  • Cassandra Harris says:


    Thank you for always being there when I needed anything. You were so funny and just made my day. It was a pleasure working with you and I will miss you. Rest in Peace.

  • Working at the Human Services building, I loved Kathy’s smile. If anything was needed she’d find a way to make it happen. I’m sad she was taken from her family and others who knew her too soon.

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