Linda Lou Kowalski

10/20/1945 — 03/19/2020

From Kennewick, W A | Born in Huron, SD

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Graveside Inurnment Service

Fri, April 9, 2021, 10:00 am
Sunset Gardens
915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352

Memorial Service

Fri, April 9, 2021, 10:30 am
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352

Linda Lou Kowalski

Linda Lou Kowalski of Richland, Washington passed away a year ago on March 19, 2020 at the age of 74. She was born to Walter and Marie Sheffield in Huron, South Dakota. During her formative years Linda attended school in a one-room grade school near her family’s farm in Beadle County. She later graduated from high school in Wessington Springs and went on to Northwest College of Commerce in Huron.

She was married to Bob Kowalski in 1965 after which the two made their way westward beginning in Colorado. Due to Bob’s work in power line construction, they lived in many places including Oregon, Idaho, and Montana as they started their family, eventually settling in Kennewick, Washington in 1975 where they raised their three boys. Linda and Bob divorced in 1987 and began new lives.

Linda worked for Kennewick Irrigation District then eventually retired from Fluor Hanford, Inc. in HR and Benefits. She became a member of Central United Protestant Church in the mid 80’s where she made many friends, especially her long-time friend, Fred Stout, and she eventually became a Communion Care Caller visiting those who were not able-bodied. She was active in Beta Sigma Phi for many years during the 1970’s and 80’s. She loved playing games, cards and especially Bunco with family and friends. Linda was the impetus of helping so many relatives, friends, and especially her three boys, to develop great memories sharing time on the Oregon Coast and around a campfire in the mountains at their property in Packwood, WA.

Linda was always complimented on how pretty she was and will be remembered for her sense of humor, how she laughed until she cried especially when her brother Dean was around, for her love of animals especially Ellie, and for the love she had for her three sons. She will be truly missed.

She is survived by her grandchildren, all of whom she adored and were the apples of her eye and they are: Analiese and Macie, Cody (Chloe) and Josh (Bailey), and her great-grand daughter, Enslee. She is also survived by her three sons, Michael (Denise), Alan (Te’ Werner), Rob (Jose Luis Munoz), and her sister Beverly Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Marie, her sisters Elaine, Lorraine and brothers LuVerne, Keith and Dean.

On behalf of Linda, her sons would like to thank all of the staff, her angels as she called them, at Ruan’s Garden of Kennewick where mom resided for the last two years of her life. Thank you for the great care you provided to our mom!

Services will be held at Einan’s Sunset Gardens, 915 Bypass Hwy in Richland, WA on Friday April 9, 2021 and will start with an inurnment at 10:00 a.m. (standing room only) followed by a memorial service at approximately 10:30 in the event center followed thereafter by a reception. The 10:30 am memorial service will be streamed live and the recording will be available for viewing afterward. It can be accessed by visiting and searching the obituaries for Linda Kowalski.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Linda’s name to the POPP Tri-Cities, a no-kill animal shelter, by going to their website at, or calling them at (509) 943-4720.

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  • Mike, Allen, and Rob. Our prayers are with you all. Aunt Linda will be missed alot. She was one of the aunts that was fun to be around. I remember going to Richland and visit her and we would go and get some of the wonderful Washington apples. She had a special place she would take us.
    She loved company and always heard all about the boys and especially the grandkids. She was very proud of all of you.
    I was so sad when her final day came but I know she did have some struggles she is at peace now and with my mom, uncles and aunts in heaven. They all will meet us some day at the pearly gates of heaven. They are all together in heaven together now.
    R.I.P. LINDA love you and miss you.

    Lucinda Ditmeyer
    April 11, 2021
    Mill Creek
  • Michael, Alan, Rob and families, What a nice service to honor your Mom’s life. It brought back many memories of the fun times I had with her. She taught me how to blow bubbles with bubble gum, took me on my first plane ride from Sioux Falls to Washington, and took me to Seaside, Oregon. We had many giggles with tears! Sending you all love and hugs.

    Cousin Char
    April 9, 2021
    Sioux Falls, SD
  • Thoughts and prayers are with you all today. It was a nice celebration of Linda’s life. She was always a lot of fun and loved her nieces and nephews. We will miss her but she will always be remembered in our hearts. Love you all.

    Dennis Johnson
    April 9, 2021
    Baltic, SD
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    Dennis Johnson
    April 9, 2021
    Baltic, SD
  • Linda was a very special aunt and we grew up just a few miles from each other. Her visit to SD to see my Mother while she was in the nursing home before her death meant so much.

    Carla Sheffield Micheel
    April 9, 2021
    Cavour, SD
  • My heart has been with you all since last March. Your Mom has a special place in so many hearts. I am thankful that I got to see her on the last trip to South Dakota. Lots of memories and giggles. Warmest thoughts and hugs to you all today.

    Daryl Sheffield
    April 9, 2021
    Grove City, Ohio
  • Although I may not be there in person, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rob, Michael, and Alan may you always cherish the memories of your mom and dad. They were two individuals that I always looked forward to having them come back to South Dakota. Linda will be deeply missed. I look forward to a quiet time watching the video. Prayers.

    April 9, 2021
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