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Gerald "Jerry" Kowall

Gerald "Jerry" Kowall, 82, of Oak Park, Michigan, died after sunset on 23 February 2021.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Sunday, 28 February 2021 at 12:00 PM .

Rabbi Mark Miller officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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Family members include:
Cherished brother of the late Harold Kowall, the late Alvin Kowall, and the late Leatrice Faeder. Dear brother-in-law of Madeline Kowall. Loving uncle of Lisa (Steven) Grossman, Scott Faeder, and Robert Kowall. Proud great-uncle of Hillary and Lauren Grossman, and Elizabeth Faeder. Devoted son of the late Rubin and the late Frieda Kowall.

Jerry Kowall was one of the 27 first cousins on his father’s side who grew up closely together in Detroit, offspring of the seven Kowall siblings — two men, five women—who immigrated as adults to the US and Canada from Poland/Russia between 1913 - 1928. His grandparents, Moshe and Bella Kowall, came in 1930. Jerry’s father Rubin Kowall was the youngest arriving in 1928; he married Frida (Beitner) soon after. Isadore Kowal was the oldest and first to immigrate in 1913. He later married Minnie (Marcus), and gradually arranged for his five sisters, brother, and parents to settle here too. The grandparents home at 2754 Glendale in Detroit was the gathering place for all the family for all holidays, daily, and weekly visits, establishing a closeness between the cousins that continues throughout their lives. They were raised to look out for each other, and to pass on those values to their own children. Jerry’s five aunts and the men they married were Mary (Nachman Fill), Sarah (Harry Goldbaum), Ethel (Roy Kurian) Teible (Hyman Margolis), and Chaya (Fred Mendelson). Many of the first cousins are gone now, sadly just a few months ago, Cousin Herbie, Dr. Herbert Mendelson. Other surviving first cousins are Crownie Kurian Billik, Lucille Kurian, Esther Mollie Hartman, Marion Kurian Ratner, Esther Molly Margolis Fisher, and Dr. Harold Margolis.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 25 for an outdoor service or 18 for an indoor service.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Gerald "Jerry" Kowall may do so by making a contribution to:

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
6735 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
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