Harriet E. Karwowski

1930-01-02 - 2023-02-23

Funeral Home: Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy Chicago Heights IL (Map-it)

Visitation: Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 9AM until service 12 Noon

Service Date: 2023-02-28

Service Time: 12 Noon

Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery 34th Street and Western, Steger, Illinois (Map-it)

Info: 708-754-0016

Web: https://www.kerr-parzygnotfuneralhomes.com/ (Go)

Harriet E. Karwowski (nee Milewski) age 93 longtime resident of Chicago Heights, Illinois passed away surrounded by her family on February 23, 2023.  Beloved wife to the late George (d.1990); loving mother to John Karwowski, Emily (late Robert Shawn) Repking and Helen (Andrew) Sharp.  Babcia to Jennifer and Sarah Repking, Torrance, Matthew and Elizabeth Sharp. She is preceded in death by her parents Andrzej and Emilia (nee Dziegielewska) Milewski and 2 Brothers and 3 Sisters. Harriet, at the age of 29, left Poland and came to the United States on May 13, 1959 to join her brother in Chicago Heights.  Her first job was as a bartender/cook, at Marion’s Tavern which her brother owned. Shortly after, she met George and they were married on January 25, 1964. Throughout her years, Harriet sponsored many family members from Poland to come to the US.  She had a huge heart and welcomed everyone into her home for short and extended stays.  She helped them find employment and become successful. Her family was her pride and joy, especially her 5 grandchildren.  After retiring as a cook for Marion Catholic High School, she spent many years babysitting her grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews.  Everyone loved her and called her Babcia or Ciocia, it did not matter if they were related or not, her door was always open.  Anyone visiting knew that they couldn’t leave without having a delicious Polish homemade meal.  She was a devoted Catholic and attended Polish mass faithfully. A few of her favorite pastimes were baking, bingo and watching Friday night wrestling.

Visitation Tuesday, February 28th from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral Mass 12 Noon  at Kerr-Parzygnot Funeral Home 540 Dixie Hwy. (at Joe Orr Road), Chicago Heights, IL 60411.    Interment:  Calvary Cemetery, Steger, Illinois.  Info:(708) 754-0016.





  1. Emilia Gutierrez and Family on February 25, 2023 at 8:05 am
    Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Rest in Peace dear Ciocia.
    Najglebsze wyrazy wspolczucia. Spoczywaj w spokoju kochana Cioiciu.

    „Śpieszmy się kochać ludzi, tak szybko odchodzą…”

  2. The Baros on February 25, 2023 at 12:19 pm
    Our deepest condolences from the entire Baro family. She was a beautiful woman who lit up any room. She will be deeply missed. May she rest in peace with the Lord.

  3. David and Bea Fregeau on February 26, 2023 at 9:49 am
    Bea and I send our love and deepest condolences. I have lived out of Illinois for numerous years, but it was always a pleasure to see your mother when I was back in town for any Karwowski/Fregeau family functions/events. I know you have many treasured memories that will carry your forward.
    David and Bea Fregeau

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