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In loving memory of
Joseph “Joe” Kowalski
  • November 20, 1946
  • -
  • March 22, 2022

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Never one to run from danger, Joe Kowalski joined the Navy at age 17, serving three years in the Pacific Ocean during the Vietnam War before returning to his hometown of Camden, NJ, where he would meet his wife and begin his own family. With his big, infectious smile right from the beginning, Joe was born in Camden, NJ, to Edward, a WWII veteran himself, and Wanda Bednarczyk Kowalski, with brother John and the late Edward Jr. A brief stint as a firefighter led to a decades-long Camden Police career replete with countless commendations and accolades, including coming to the aid of a fallen officer under fire. A meeting after a holiday wedding on December 20, 1968, blossomed into a yearlong courtship, and on February 7, 1970, Joe married Dorothy Elizabeth Tulini, of Collingswood, NJ. Over the next decades they would build a loving home and raise three devoted children.

A magnetic personality and always the life of the party (unless brother John was there!), Joe was full of amazing stories and big laughs. He was always generous with his time and experiences, and would never let anyone remain in need of anything if he could help in any way. After retiring from the police force in 1996, there was little he enjoyed more than time with his grandchildren or playing a sunny round of golf with his wife and friends. His two holes-in-one will remain a family record and legend for generations to come.

This lifelong protector of everyone he loved is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 52 years, his brother John, his sister-in-law Donna, his sister-in-law Sandy, his children Joseph Jr, James, and Jennifer, his son-in-law Michael, his daughter-in-law Michelle, his grandchildren Trey, Raegan, and Zoe, and his many cherished nephews and nieces, cousins, and more. He was predeceased by his infant son, John Matthew, Jennifer’s twin. He had deep bonds beyond blood with his Brothers In Blue as well as his many loved, loving, and exceedingly supportive neighbors and friends. “Hit ‘em long & straight!”

To honor his lifetime of helping others, in lieu of flowers please make donations to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Tunnels 2 Towers, the Special Olympics, or any charity of your choice in Joe’s name.


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  1. Gerri Lang lit a candle:
    30 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 30, 2022 at 3:11:23 AM

  2. Jennifer Ciano lit a candle:
    28 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 28, 2022 at 3:22:29 AM

  3. Fred Tulini lit a candle:
    27 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 27, 2022 at 3:13:36 PM

  4. Michael & Tina Jennetta lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:32:20 PM

  5. Michael & Tina Jennetta lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:31:44 PM

  6. Michael & Tina Jennetta lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:30:51 PM

  7. Janet Purcell lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:15:05 PM

  8. JUDIE E. SIMS lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:18:59 PM

  9. Rick and Annie Mecca lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:30:11 PM

  10. Michael J. Melograna Jr. lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:42:09 PM

  11. Michael J. Melograna Jr. says:
    26 Mar 2022
    Dot and Family
    So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. A great neighbor and close friend who enjoyed my homemade wine. Please accept my expression of sympathy. May he rest in peace.

  12. Amanda Harris lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:43:17 PM

  13. Mike Melograna says:
    26 Mar 2022
    Dot & Family: So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Please accept my expression of sympathy. May he rest in peace.
    Mike Melograna

  14. Linda and Fulton lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:49:10 PM

  15. Kayla Tulini lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:23:37 PM

  16. George Hall lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:42:33 PM

  17. Jake Moyer and Family lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:02:49 PM

  18. Jake Moyer and Family lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:00:56 PM

  19. Lou & Lorraine Tulini lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:12:48 AM

  20. Lorraine Tulini lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:09:22 AM

  21. Paul Rizzi lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:51:23 AM

  22. WALLY & MAGGIE BRANNIGAN lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:33:12 AM

  23. Leonard Bednarczyk lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:55:31 AM

  24. Kellsey Tulini lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:35:27 AM

  25. Thomas and Iliana Louis lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:22:53 AM

  26. Kyle Louis lit a candle:
    26 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 26, 2022 at 3:02:13 AM

  27. Catherine Capozzi lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:54:20 PM

  28. Laurie Engelhardt lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:15:50 PM

  29. Lou & Peggy Hannon lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:14:44 PM

  30. Antony Jennetta says:
    25 Mar 2022
    My deepest condolances go out to The Whole Kowalski Family in this great time of loss. May He-R.I.P.

  31. Anita Magrini lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:40:24 PM

  32. Carolyn Tulini lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:35:27 PM

  33. Michelle & Ken Jeannette lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:34:56 PM

  34. Anita Magrini lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:28:24 PM

  35. Susana Jacobsen says:
    25 Mar 2022
    Jen and Family, my heartfelt condolences to all of you. May you have comfort in the memories of your dad /Joe during this very difficult time

  36. Marlene Magrini lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:23:03 PM

  37. Susana Jacobsen lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:22:56 PM

  38. Michelle DiPoala lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:52:39 PM

  39. Teresa Kowalski lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:47:47 PM

  40. Lisa Dulinski lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:37:40 PM

  41. William Harris lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:28:43 PM

  42. Barry and Diane Sherman lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:27:43 PM

  43. Kristen Ciano lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:19:44 PM

  44. Christina Lewandowski Denney lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:18:20 PM

  45. Eric Barboza lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:04:29 PM

  46. Anne Jackson says:
    25 Mar 2022
    To a guy who was larger than life. I don’t think I ever saw joe without a smile on his face. I am so blessed to have call Joe and Dot my special friends actually they are family. Will miss you always. ❤️

  47. Jack and Anne jackson lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:00:04 PM

  48. Robert and Dawn Tulini lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:48:54 PM

  49. Gail & Moe Duffy lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:39:51 PM

  50. Raegan Ciano lit a candle:
    25 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 25, 2022 at 3:35:58 PM

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