Pinky Karwowski, 68
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TOPSHAM-- Pinky Karwowski, 68, of Ward Road passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 5, 2013 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick after a yearlong bout with cancer.
Born to L. Virginia Peaslee-Cloutier and Jerome C. Cloutier in Waterville on Nov. 26,1944, Pinky was raised and spent her formative years in South Portland. She graduated from Cathedral (Catherine Mc Auley) High School in 1962, where she held positions of president and vice president of student body her junior and senior years respectively. Continuing education led her to a LPN nursing certificate from Maine Medical Center in Portland.
On Jan. 27, 1968 she married her dedicated husband and partner of 45 years Paul A. Karwowski.
Her operating room nursing career established at Maine Medical Center in Portland led her to a 15 year position at Regional Memorial Hospital in Brunswick, where she built many lifelong relationships. Her practical nursing knowledge evolved into medical claim analyst positions with UNUM and MMA. Prior to retirement, she aided others in their life transitions as a private home care specialist.
She was an active member and president of Pineland Parents and Friends and the state of Maine Consumer Advisory Board for over 20 years. Pinky worked not only on behalf of her own daughter, but as an advocate to improve quality of life for all mentally handicapped and challenged residents within the state of Maine.
Pinky's joyful passions included; painting, gardening, flowers, and animals. Many people were drawn to Pinky for her cheerfulness, laughter, and sincere selflessness. Her thirst for adventure and child-like awe of the world around her found her taking hiking trips in the White Mountains, swimming with dolphins in the Florida Keys, and wrestling ocean surf from Maine to Mexico. Whether inspirational, hilarious, reflective, or consoling, the insightful nature of conversations held with friends and family will be sorely missed.
Surviving besides her husband Paul A. Karwowski of Topsham, are two sons Peter A. Karwowski of Brunswick and Anthony P. Karwowski and his wife Danielle of Truckee, Calif.; siblings Jonna and Marty Johnsen of Bowdoin, Pete and Christene Cloutier of South Portland, Christopher and Lori Cloutier of Bath, Kevin and Sue Cloutier of Standish, Pat and Michelle Cloutier of Scarborough, Andrew Cloutier and Jody Arsenault of South Portland, Denise and Dale Barcomb of Washoe Valley, Nev., Celeste and Colin Lowe of Newberry, Fla., and Paula and John Adams of Ocala, Fla. Additionally, she is survived by six loving grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews; aunts, uncles; and cousins. She is predeceased by a daughter Amy Beth Karwowski.
Visiting hours will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday March 9th at Stetson's Funeral Home, 12 Federal St. in Brunswick, where a memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at the West Bowdoin cemetery on a warm summer day at the pleasure of the family. Memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com
Because of Pinky's love for animals, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in her memory to:
The Coastal Humane Society
30 Range Road
Brunswick, ME 04011or any
animal shelter of your choosing
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on March 8, 2013