Carolyn E. Bowe, 87

Carolyn E. Bowe (Czizek) entered into eternal life on Jan. 1, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz.

Carolyn was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on Nov. 15, 1926, to Matthew and Carrie Czizek.  She graduated from Clarke College with an undergraduate degree in social work, and a Masterís Degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Carolyn worked for Catholic Social Services for the rest of her working career. Carolyn was married to William Bowe on Nov. 5, 1955. They were married for 56 years before Billís passing on Feb. 1, 2012.

Carolyn was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a very talented seamstress. Her friends, children, and grandchildren were the recipients of her beautiful creations. Carolynís latest sewing project was making pillowcase dresses for the children of Africa. Upon retirement, Carolyn and Bill spent their winters in Tucson. Golf, bridge, cribbage and hosting parties for friends and family were Carolynís passions. Extremely clever with poems and rhymes, Carolyn was always writing personal poems or songs for birthdays and special occasions.

Always a champion for the underdog, Carolyn was a friend to everyone in need.  She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. Carolyn was a devout member of Lumen Christi Parish in Thiensville and St. Pius X Parish in Tucson.

Carolyn is survived by four children, Ellen (Jeff) Ehlers, Patti Frazier, Dan (Laurie) Bowe and Michael (Linda) Bowe. Carolyn was blessed with 11 grandchildren, Nicholas, Natalie and Madelyn Ehlers; Andrew, Molly, and Danny Frazier; Christina, Rachael, and Will Bowe; and Kaitlin and Kristin Bowe. She is further survived by her sister, Elizabeth Feldt, and sister-in-law, Liz Bowe.

Preceding Carolyn in death were her husband, William; son, Billy; daughter, Mary Elizabeth; parents, Matthew and Carrie Czizek; and brothers, David and Robert Czizek.

A Mass of Celebration will be held at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 138 W. Buntrock Ave., Thiensville on Saturday, Feb. 22, at noon. Visitation will occur from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at noon.

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Schramka-Densow Funeral Home in Thiensville is assisting the family.