June 30, 1927 - July 28, 2015
Otter Lake, NY- Estella M. Kowalik, a longtime resident of Rt. 28, widow of Joseph B. Kowalik and proprietor of Kowalik's Hotel & Restaurant, Rt. 28, Otter Lake, passed away while surrounded by the loving care of her family, on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
She was born on June 30, 1927, at the Paluck family homestead farm on Crofoot Hill Road, near Constableville, a daughter of Anthony and Mary Kolasoe Paluck. Estella attended a rural school, completing her education at Constableville Central School.
On June 14, 1947, Estella was united in marriage with Joseph B. Kowalik, at St. Joseph's Church, Boonville. After their marriage the couple lived in Boonville, moving to Otter Lake in 1950, purchasing the former Green's Hotel on Rt. 28, which they operated as Kowalik's Hotel and Restaurant until Mr. Kowalik passed away on April 27, 1962. There after Mrs. Kowalik continued the operation of the hotel and restaurant for over 50 years, until her retirement.
Mrs. Kowalik was a member of St. Mary of the Snows Catholic Church of Otter Lake, where she served for many years as a Eucharistic Minister, trustee of the church, a member of the parish council and she was a member of St. Mary's Saint Christopher's Society. Estella was a fabulous cook and made sure that everyone always had plenty to eat. She greatly enjoyed raising flowers. She was a generous person who always had an open door for others and had a great love for her family.
She is survived by two daughters and sons in laws, Mary Ann (Paul) Rubyor, Woodgate, NY, Jean Marie (Willie) Van Valkenburg, Otter Lake, NY; five grandchildren, Michael (PJ) Rubyor, Alpharetta, GA, Sheryl (Chad) Hutton, Boonville, NY, Holly (Rick) Armendola, Thendara, NY, Erik Rubyor, Woodgate, NY, Joseph Van Valkenburg, Old Forge, NY, five great grandchildren, Justin Rubyor, Jack Hutton, Caitlyn Armendola, Troy Hutton and Autumn Armendola; one brother, Isadore Paluck, Constableville; three sister in laws, Sophia (Al) Rosinski, Helen Garbarino, and Mary Kowalik and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Tillie Czajka, Rose Karpinski, and Helen Wood, and by two brothers, Joseph and Edward Paluck.
Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary of the Snows Church, Otter Lake, with interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boonville. Visitation hours are Friday 4-8 p.m. at Trainor Funeral Home, Inc. 143 Schuyler St. Boonville. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday at the Otter Lake Fire Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary of the Snows Church Rt. 28 Otter Lake, or to the Otter Lake Fire Department Rt. 28, Otter Lake, NY 13338.
Contributions of food may be delivered to Otter Lake Fire Hall on Saturday from 10:30 AM on.