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Norma M. (Brown) Kowal

July 8, 1934 ~ April 12, 2021 (age 86)


Norma M. (Brown) Kowal, age 86, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2021 with both of her sons by her side.

Born in the middle of the Great Depression, Norma was the third of four daughters to Thomas and Mayola Brown. She grew up in a little white house on Main Street in West Warwick, forging a bond with her beloved three sisters who would prove to become her truest and dearest lifetime friends

A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, Norma attended West Warwick High School, graduating in the Class of 1952. She married Frank Kowal in April of 1955 and soon after they began their family. They raised their five children, three daughters and two sons, in Coventry. Norma was a woman of eclectic interests - the ocean, art, Elvis, gardening and chocolate - yet there was nothing she cherished more dearly than her family.

Norma had a knack for writing poetry, working and reworking her poems over the course of decades, resulting in a collection which ultimately represents her life story. A devout Christian, Norma lived her faith in a steadfast pursuit of a greater reward awaiting her. Non-judgmental by nature, she always looked to see the good in all people and her kind heart never failed to assist anyone in need. Her beautiful blue eyes, helping hands and fun spirit will be forever missed by all those who loved her.

Norma is survived by her five children, Ellenanne Jones (Alan) of Wesley Chapel Florida, Thomas Kowal (Linda) of North Providence, Alyson Medlin (Frankie) of Wesley Chapel Florida, Jamie Clark (Mitch) of San Ramon California, John Kowal (Kim) of Southlake Texas; her nine grandchildren Jason, Brendan, Jamie, Katie, Hailey, Peter, Nicky, Brooks and Jacoby, great grandson Harrison and sisters Barbara Pancarowicz of Warwick and Jackie Rita of West Warwick. She is predeceased by her parents, Tom and Mayola Brown of West Warwick, her husband Frank and sister Eileen Grenier.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 am in the Church of the Apostles, 170 Fairview Avenue, Coventry followed by a service at 11:00 am.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in her memory would be appreciated.  Arrangements with HENAULT-GALLOGLY Funeral Home.  Information and condolences, please visit: www.henault-gallogly.com


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July 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Church of the Apostles
170 Fairview Avemue
Coventry, RI 02816
Guaranteed delivery before the Visitation begins

July 17, 2021

11:00 AM
Church of the Apostles
170 Fairview Avemue
Coventry, RI 02816
Guaranteed delivery before the Service begins

Private Interment


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959
Tel: 1-800-805-5856
Web: http://www.stjude.org/

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