Betty Kamino Kowalsky, 98, long time resident of Utica, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Menorah Park Jewish Home of CNY, Syracuse. Betty was born on March 15, 1916, in Utica, the daughter of the late Harry and Jennie Cohen Kamino.
On June 23, 1936, she married Bernard "Spike" Kowalsky. Mr. Kowalsky passed away January 27, 1979. Betty graduated in 1934 from Utica Free Academy. She was an astute business woman, having owned and operated Cottonland from 1943 until she and Spike opened State Street Mill, the first discount department store in the Utica area.
She was a life member of Temple Beth El and its Sisterhood, Hadassah and Bikor Cholem Society. Betty was an honorary board member of Charles T. Sitrin Health Care Center. She worked tirelessly for St. Elizabeth's Hospital, an organization for which she held deep concern, raising substantial funds with her yearly dinner dances. Betty was honored to be a recipient of the St. Elizabeth's Humanitarian Award. Betty was a founder of the Ostemy Club and member of the St. Elizabeth's Guild, The Franklin Club and St. Elizabeth's Development Council for whom she chaired many events.
Betty is survived by her son, Warren Kowalsky, of Del Ray Beach, FL; her grandchildren, Morey and Nancy Pollack, of Manlius, NY, Shelly and Frank Cogliandro, of Rochester, NY, Randy and Bebe Pollack, of Sacramento, CA, Libby and Michael Dawe, of Blackstone, MA, Harley Kowalsky, and Loren and Chyanne Kowalsky, all of Delhi, CA; her great-grandchildren, Sarah, Joseph, Toviah, Jeremy and Brandon Pollack, Breena and Devon Cogliandro, and Benjamin and Matthew Kowalsky; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Irving Pollack, and her brother, Sidney Kamino.
Her funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Sunday, January 18, 2015, from Temple Beth El, 2710 Genesee St., Utica, with Rabbi Ronald Kopelman and Cantor Kal Socolof co-officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. at Temple until the time of the services.
Shivah will be 5-7 p.m., Sunday, January 18, 2015, in the Temple Beth El Room at the Menorah Park Jewish Home of CNY in Syracuse, NY.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered to The Joe and Tillie Polak Fund at Sitrin Health Care, 2050 Tilden Ave., New Hartford, NY 13413 or to the Menorah Park Jewish Home of CNY Foundation, 4101 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13214.
The family expresses their warmest thanks to the staff of Sitrin Health Care and Menorah Park who provided loving and wonderful care to Bubbe Betty.