polish club – aberdeen, wa

Philip Gregory Hardinger


Longtime Aberdeen resident Philip Gregory Hardinger, 73, passed away March 10, 2018, at Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center. Philip was born June 4, 1944, in Raymond, Wash. to Philip and Delia (Klikotka) Hardinger.

Philip was raised in Raymond and graduated from Raymond High School and earned his associate’s degree from Grays Harbor College.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1965 thru 1968; he served at the White House and Camp David and also at Fort Riley, Kan.

On Dec. 17, 1967, Philip went on a blind date and met the love of his life Vicki L. Woodbury, they later married on Jan. 31, 1969, in Reno, Nev. She survives him at the family home.

He worked for Weyerhaeuser as a journeyman millwright for 36 years. He also spent many hours volunteering at Coastal Harvest and the Montesano Food Bank. He was a former member of the Elks and Eagles, current vice president for the Polish Club and a member of the Midnight Cruizers Car Club. Philip loved cars and had too many to mention, but he really liked his SSR truck.

In addition to his loving wife Vicki he is also survived by his sister Donna Monohon and her husband Richard of Olympia, Wash.; many nieces and nephews and cousins, including his favorite nephew Greg Monohon of Honaunau, Hawaii; and sister in law and her husband Terri and Casey Meadows of Red Feather Lakes, Colo.

At his request there will be no formal services. To share memories or express condolences please visit Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen is honored to assist the family.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain,

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the stars that shine at night,

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there, I did not die…


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Mary Norkoski

Mary Norkoski

Mary Norkoski, 100, passed away peacefully at her home in Cosmopolis, Wash. on Dec. 24, 2017. She was born in Chicago Ill. on Jan. 26, 2017, to Valentine and Frances (Aksomit) Olesiak. Six months later, the family moved to the Artic, Wash. area of North River. When she was 6, the family moved to Cosmopolis, Wash. so she could go to school. She only spoke Polish when she started first grade, but when she graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1935, she was valedictorian.

Mary married John Norkoski on Nov. 5, 1938, and he survives her at the family home.

She loved her 93 years in Cosmopolis near family and friends, being involved in several of its organizations including Garden Club, Belle Lettres, Goldenagers and the Cosmopolis Gospel Chapel.

Mary is survived by 2 sons, Joe and Don, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe.

As much as she loved it here, she looked forward to Heaven with her Savior.

There will be a family graveside burial. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday Jan. 6, 2018, at the Cosmopolis Gospel Chapel, 1024 3rd Street.

To share memories or express condolences please visit Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen is honored to assist the family.

Christmas Wafer: Oplatek

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Sharing of the oplatek (pronounced opwatek) is the most ancient and beloved of all Polish Christmas traditions. Oplatek is a thin wafer made of flour and water, similar in taste to the hosts that are used for communion during Mass. The Christmas wafer is shared before Wigilia, the Christmas Eve supper. The head of the household usually starts by breaking the wafer with his wife and then continues to share it with everyone at the Wigilia table. Wishes for peace and prosperity are exchanged and even the pets and farm animals are given a piece of oplatek on Christmas Eve. Legend has it that if animals eat oplatek on Christmas Eve, they will be able to speak in human voices at midnight, but only those who are pure of spirit will be able to hear them.

This tradition dates back many centuries when a thin, flat bread called podplomyk was baked over an open flame and then shared with the family gathered around the fire on Christmas Eve. Patterns would be cut onto the bread to make breaking easier. This is why oplatki today still have patterns on them, usually of Nativity scenes.

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William “Willy” Kalinowski

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Longtime Polish Club Member and Trustee, William Richard “Willie” Kalinowski, 86, Cosmopolis resident and former Rural Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, died Tuesday, May 8, 2017, at his home in Cosmopolis, Wash.

Willie was born on Sept. 12, 1930, in Aberdeen to Vincent and Mary (Blahut) Kalinowski. He attended school at Steven Elementary and Miller Jr. High and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1948. He then attended Grays Harbor Community College.

On June 23, 1951, Will married Bonnie Jean Parshall in Aberdeen. She passed away Feb. 28th of this year. Will sorely missed her.

He went to work for Posey’s Manufacturing from 1948 to ‘66 he worked for Cascade Natural Gas for a couple of years. He owned and operated B Street Exxon form 1969 to ‘79. Will went to work as a Rural Letter Carrier in the Wishkah and E. Hoquiam area from 1976 to 1996.

He as a member of the Polish Club for over 66 years and was the Finance Secretary for many years. He was also a member of the Aberdeen Elks and the Elks Band where he played Coronet for many years and then drums later in the Marching Band. He belonged to the South Aberdeen Baptist Church.

Willie enjoyed playing golf, fishing, traveling, visiting his grandkids and puttering in his woodshop.

Willie is survived by two sons: Ron of Everett and Walter (Kristel) of Keizer, Ore.; two grandkids: Elise (Michael) Maynes and Aleksandr Kalinowski; one great-grandson, James Maynes. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Helen Donley, Ed Kalinowski, Walt Kalinowski and Wanda Rivera.

There will be no services. He will be inurned with his wife at Forest Hill Cemetery, Cosmopolis, Wash.

Arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Wash

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Bonnie J. Kalinowski

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Wife of longtime Polish Club member Willy Kalinowski, Bonnie Jean Kalinowski, 84, Cosmopolis resident and former Librarian Assistant at Grays Harbor College, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at Montesano Health & Rehab Center in Montesano, Wash.

Bonnie was born on Jan. 9, 1933, in Stewart, Neb. to George J. and Doris (Henifin) Parshall. Her family moved to the Rochester area for a few years before moving to Aberdeen where she graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1951.

A few days after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, William Kalinowski on June 23, 1951, in Aberdeen. He resides at the family home.

Bonnie worked at Kresses Dept. Store for a few years before working at the college in the Library for over 20 years.

She was a member of the South Aberdeen Baptist Church. She loved sightseeing and traveling.

Bonnie is survived by her husband of 66 years, William Kalinowski of Cosmopolis; two sons: Ron Kalinowski of Everett, Wash. and Walter (Kristal) Kalinowski of Beaverton; sisters: Donna Kulich of Cosmopolis and Phyllis (Ed) Kulich of Aberdeen; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a brother James Parshall and a sister June.

A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be held on Saturday, March 11, at 4 p.m., at the South Aberdeen Baptist Church. Supper will follow in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

A card of condolence with a message or a memory may be sent to the family through

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

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