Thursday, September 24, 2015
2:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
Scripture Service 6:30 pm
Friday, September 25, 2015
10:30 AM EDT
St Edith Catholic Church
15089 Newburgh Rd
Livonia, MI 48154
In State 10 AM until mass begins
Life Story / Obituary
Joecile Kozlowski was the type of woman everyone liked to know and love, and with her fun-loving spirit, it was easy to see why. Always in favor of a celebration, Joecile loved family gatherings and get-togethers. She had a streak of sassy, but in all ways, Joecile was just as loving and gracious as anyone could find. Accepting of all and loving towards many, Joecile will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.
The hottest thing on wheels, the '55 Chevy was the shape of things to come for the auto industry while even the mention of the chartbusting hit, “Rock Around the Clock” drew all to the dance floor. Nearly every American home with televisions had their sets dialed to “The Mickey Mouse Club”, along with dreams of visiting the new and popular “Disneyland.” And a favorite of young boys everywhere, Davy Crockett films introduced a world of adventure for those wearing his ever popular coonskin cap. In the Detroit suburb of Highland Park, Michigan, March 13, 1955 marked an especially memorable day for Norbert and Irene Kozlowski when they celebrated the birth of adorable twins, Joecile Marie and her brother, Joseph.
One of six children in the Kozlowski household, Joecile grew up in Detroit where her family made their home. She attended the area schools and enjoyed a childhood filled with adventure and friends. An outgoing girl, Joecile’s bright smile and fun-loving ways were a welcome addition to all she encountered. During her youth she was a typical teen listening to music and she loved attending “just fun” dances where great times were had by all. She was known for her highly skilled dancing. She enjoyed singing, too, and she absolutely loved the rock group, the Monkees.
Joecile was no stranger to hard work, and she didn’t mind getting her hands dirty, either. She actually loved learning household skills and even worked cleaning offices and churches in her youth. She knew her way with a vacuum, and never left a speck to be found. In her free time she enjoyed making latch hook rugs with her mom.
Education was always an important part of Joecile’s life. From the age of two, she participated in various educational activities and she soon began working with Services to Enhance Potential. Joecile’s genuine heart and compassion was evident. She loved working with her co-workers and especially her boss, Ken. She was most accepting of others, and through her loving example, she taught others the same. Just a kid at heart, she saw into the hearts of everyone she met.
Joecile remained living at home until the death of her mother. At that point, she began living with her twin brother, Joe and his family. Never an outsider living under their roof, Joecile was welcomed and treated as a part of their family which included her sister-in-law, Kris, and her nephews, Joe, Dan, and Bryan. Even Cooper the family dog recognized Joecile as part of the family.
Joecile was thankful for the loving kindness of her family members. Highlights in her life included standing up for her sister, Celeste’s as well as her niece, Mary’s weddings, and becoming the godmother to her nephew, Todd. Joecile was elated when her beloved family threw a 50th birthday party for her complete with a surprise visit from “Richard Simmons”, a.k.a. Tom Kozlowski. But it didn’t matter to Joecile what type of party or celebration because she simply loved getting together with family and friends at every opportunity. She especially enjoyed the holidays.
Some of the many things Joecile enjoyed in life were simple, yet so pleasurable to her. She was a happy woman by nature, and her demeanor ever gracious. She liked swimming, exercising, and was a faithful member of Weight Watchers. She delighted in cleaning the house, and watching movies and videos. The movie, “Sister Act” was one of her favorites along with anything with Shirley Temple. When it came to TV programs, she was a fan of Dallas, General Hospital, All My Children and she liked watching televised figure skating and beauty pageants.
With Joecile’s great sense of humor, she was also a big teaser. Each of her nieces and nephews loved spending time with her where great times were always shared. She loved dressing up each Halloween right along with the kids, and she was one to stand up and offer a toast at formal affairs. She had her share of little quips, like saying, “berget” rather than forget, or to get attention, it was, “Order in the court!” or, “Excuse me. I have something to say.” To Joecile, everyone was, “the best”, but that is how she truly felt about those she knew and loved. To know Joecile was to also love her sassy side. She occasionally used inappropriate language when she felt excited or strongly about something, but for the most part, Joecile was just as loving and carefree.
Joecile pretty much lived a life free from worry and complexities. She kept life simple, loved much, and family truly meant everything to her. She could be the funniest and most gracious woman all rolled into one. For these things and so much more, she will be deeply missed and forever remembered in the heart of those who knew her best.
Joecile Marie Kozlowski passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 peacefully. She is preceded in death by her parents, Irene and Norbert. Loving sister of Bert (Kitty), Rose Marie (the late Chuck) Heil, Walt (Judy), Celeste (John) Tobin, and her twin brother, Joe (Kris). Beloved Aunt to 17 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Joecile’s family will receive friends Thursday 2-8 pm with a scripture service at 6:30 pm at Turowski Life Story Funeral Home 30200 Five Mile Rd, Livonia (between Merriman and Middlebelt). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday 10:30 am at St Edith Catholic Church. In state 10:00 am until Mass begins. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Angela Hospice or to the Alzheimer’s Association. To share a favorite memory and photo of Joecile and to sign her online guest book, please visit www.TurowskiLifeStory.com.