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Dr. Ronald V. Kowalski

March 2, 1935 February 15, 2018
Dr. Ronald  V. Kowalski
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Peoria - Dr. Ronald V. Kowalski, M.D, age 82, of Peoria, passed away at 8:50 AM on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Born March 2, 1935 in Chicago, IL, he was son to Walter L. and Cecilia A. (Starzyk) Kowalski. On June 20, 1959 he married Bernadine M. Zurek in Chicago, IL. Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and one brother, Richard W. Kowalski

Surviving are three children; Carol M (Thomas) Quinn of Lakewood, CO, Laura A. Kowalski of Brimfield, IL and Nancy E (Ciaran Burns) Kowalski of Peoria, IL; one grandchild Megan M Quinn of Lakewood, CO.

Ron graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine of Chicago in 1959 and was a member of the Phi Beta Pi Fraternity. He was appointed to the Honorary Medical Fraternity of Pi Kappa Epsilon. After completing an internship at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL, he began his Pathology Residency at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. Ron was called to serve his country and was stationed in El Paso, TX from 1962-64, where he served as Captain in the U.S Army Medical Corps. Afterwards, he returned to Peoria, Il to complete his Pathology Residency at St. Francis Medical Center and passed his Pathology Boards in 1967.

For the next 35 years, Ron continued his medical career at St. Francis Medical Center. In addition, he was Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Illinois College of Medicine of Peoria. Upon retirement, he shared his love of teaching and medicine as a Senior Scholar Group member at the school. During his tenure, he received the following honors: Outstanding Teaching Award by Pathology Residents in 1985, Outstanding Teaching Award by Pathology Residents and Obstetric-Gynecology Residents in 1992, Outstanding Teaching and Services Award for Community Based Faculty in 2007 and Outstanding Senior Scholar Award in 2016.

He was a member of the following: St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mt Hawley Country Club, Peoria Medical Society, American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow), Illinois State Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society 50 Year Club, American Pathology Society, International Academy of Pathology, Illinois Mycological Society, International Academy of Pathology, Illinois Mycological Society, North American Mycological Association, Pilipino American Friendship Organization (PAFO), National Association of Medical Examiners, Member of Governors Advisory Board Necropsy Series to Coroner under Governors Walker, Thompson, Edgar and Ryan, OLLI Continuing Education and Professional Development Life Long Learners at Bradley University, Magician Extraordinaire, DARTOS Hospital Bowling League, and Secretary and Founding Member of OLD FARTS (Old Likeable Dudes Finding A Restaurant To Sample).

Ron will be remembered as a caring, generous and loving husband, father and grandfather and friend. He will be truly missed.

The visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, 2416 N. North St. Peoria, IL 61604. The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at St. Vincent de Paul, 6001 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614 with a half hour visitation prior. Msgr. Charles Beebe will officiate. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum, 7519 N. Allen Rd., Peoria, IL, 61614.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria Scholarship Fund in Ronald Kowalski’s name by contacting Dave Haney at dhaney@uic.edu or OLLI at Bradley University (https://www.bradley.edu/academic/continue/lifelong/olli/givingto)

Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

20

Feb

4:00 PM 2/20/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/20/2018 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

21

Feb

9:30 AM 2/21/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 2/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Wednesday

21

Feb

10:00 AM 2/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

University of Illinois College of Medicine

Contact Dave Haney at dhaney@uic.edu or OLLI at Bradley University (https://www.bradley.edu/academic/continue/lifelong/olli/givingto)
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