KOWALSKI, James David

Date of birth: 6 April 1934, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Date of death: 30 November 2002, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana

Franklin Daily Journal, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, December 3, 2002

James David Kowalski
James David Kowalski, 68, died 
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at 
his residence in Franklin. 
He was former longtime resi-
dent of South Bend.

He was born April 6, 1934, 
in South Bend. His parents 
were Leon E. and Benedictine 
(Paskiet) Kowalski. He 
married Shirley A. Phillips 
on Dec. 18, 1992, in South 
Bend. She survives. Other 
survivors include two 
daughters, Jennifer Lynn 
Micinski of Branch, Mich., 
and Elizabeth Ann Camp of 
Elkhart; two sons, Phillip 
James Kowalski of Buchanan, 
Mich., and James David 
Kowalski Jr. of St. Pete 
Beach, Fla.; a stepdaughter, 
Kimberly S. Hood of Franklin; 
a sister, Roberta V. Hill of 
Three Oaks, Mich.; a brother, 
Leon E. Kowalski Jr. of Mendi-
cino, Calif.; and six grand-
children. He was preceded in 
death by a brother, Leonard 

He was a 1952 graduate of 
South Bend Central High School 
and a 1957 graduate of Frank-
lin College.

He owned and was president of 
Maxi-Blast Inc. in South Bend; 
Econo-Blast of St. Petersburg, 
Fla.; Aero-Blast Products Inc. 
in Cincinnati; Hardscrabble Inc. 
in Indiana, Ohio and Florida; 
South Bend, retiring in 2000.

He served as a second lieutenant 
in the Indiana National Guard.

He was a member of St. Rose of 
Lima Catholic Church in Franklin, 
Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, 
Indiana University President’s 
Circle, Franklin College Board 
of Trustees, Morris Park Country 
Club in South Bend, Hillview 
Country Club in Franklin, Passe-
A-Grille Yacht Club in St. Pete 
Beach, Fla., Notre Dame University 
Club, Isaac Walton League in South 
Bend, Franklin Elks Lodge 1818, 
Society of Automotive Engineers, 
American Chemical Society, Society 
of the Plastic Industry, Society 
of Plastic Engineers, Indiana 
Chamber of Commerce, South Bend 
Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers 
and Big Sisters, Michiana Small 
Business Council, Michiana Busi-
ness Venture Group, Michiana Arts 
and Science Council and Michiana 
World Trade Club. He was an also 
an adviser for the School of 
Business at Indiana University at 
South Bend.

He established a scholarship for 
business in the name of James D. 
and Shirley Kowalski at Indiana 
University at South Bend and 
Franklin College.

The Rev. Paul M. Shikany will 
conduct a Mass of Christian burial 
at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose of 
Lima Catholic Church in Franklin. 
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. 
today at Vandivier-Parsley Funeral 
Home, with a prayer service at 8 
p.m. A memorial service will be at 
11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Stanis-
laus Catholic Church at 415 N. Brook-
field in South Bend. Burial will be 
at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made 
to Johnson County Community Foundation, 
P.O. Box 217, 398 S. Main St., Frank-
lin, IN 46131.

Submitted by Mark E. Wirey

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