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John E. Kowalczyk Sr.

December 30, 1957 — June 18, 2022

John E. Kowalczyk Sr.

John E. Kowalczyk Sr, 64, of Southington, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022 after suffering injuries from a motor vehicle accident.

John was born in Southington on December 30, 1957 to Mary (Snow) Kowalczyk and the late Robert Kowalczyk Sr. He worked as the warehouse manager at TruGreen and was a skilled master mechanic. He was a talented gardener and a true jack of all trades. John will be remembered for his big smile and larger than life personality. He adored his grandchildren and was happiest when he was surrounded by his family, especially at the beach and at family gatherings. 

In addition to his mother Mary, John is survived by his 3 children, John Kowalczyk Jr. of New Britain, Carleen Kowalczyk (Paul) of Bristol and Marc “Buster” Kowalczyk (Lindsey) of Bristol and 3 grandchildren, Laila, Sophia and Aaron. He is also survived by his fiancé, Bonnie Church of Wallingford, his honorary son, Dave Hobson of Bristol and 4 siblings, Robert Kowalczyk (Lea) of Southington, Jim Kowalczyk (Janet) of Bristol, Mary Petruzzi (Michael) of Plantsville and Eva Verrilli (Tony) of Southington; 6 nieces and nephews, Terri Kannenberg, Robert Kowalczyk Jr, Megan Sarra, Joe Petruzzi (Kennedy) Jake Petruzzi and Victoria Verrilli and his former wife, Karen Bennett (Jeff) of Southington.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Plantsville Funeral Home, 975 S. Main St, Plantsville. Burial will follow in South End Cemetery, Southington. To virtually join the service at 11 a.m., please click here Calling hours will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the funeral home.  For online condolences and directions, please visit


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Thursday, June 23, 2022

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Friday, June 24, 2022

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Burial to follow at South End Cemetery.

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