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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.

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

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Evelyn M. Shustak


Evelyn Marguerite Shustak, 94 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Washington area resident, died on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington. She was born on December 28, 1921, in Springfield, Oregon to Attwood and Marguerite (Stillwell) Stevens.

Evelyn came to Hoquiam in the 1940’s and worked for Grays Harbor Chair Factory for seven years. On April 23, 1949, she and Edward E. Shustak were married at the United Methodist Church of Hoquiam.

She was active in her children’s youth activities and also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, crafting and flower gardening. Ed and Evelyn were well known for their homemade polish sausages that they shared with family and friends – many lasting friendships were formed over the years. They were also members of the Aberdeen Polish Club since 1947.

Evelyn was loved by all that met her and had a smile that could light the darkest of rooms. She was quite often referred to as “a sweetheart of a lady”.

Surviving relatives include her sons, Edward (Mary Ann) Shustak of Cosmopolis and Raymond Shustak of Hoquiam; three grandchildren, Gerry (Jaymie) Pense, Jennifer (Gary) Mitchell and Thomas Pense; and three great grandchildren, Camryn Pense, Colby Mitchell and Tyler Mitchell.

In addition to her husband Edward, a son, Larry Shustak, a daughter, Jenny Pense, a brother, Earl Stevens and a sister, Maxine E. Barr, died previously.

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