Ann T. Sowa

MUNISING, Mich. – Ann T. Sowa, age 78, of 225 E. Chocolay Street, Munising, died at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Marquette General Hospital.

She was born on October 11, 1934 in Munising to Felix and Annette (Brebner) Boyak. Ann graduated from Sacred Heart School and then from Wm. G. Mather High School in 1952. On July 2, 1954, she married Edward J. Sowa and they raised their five children. Ann managed the first Munising Credit Union and when they merged with Munising Paper, she continued to work as credit manager and loan officer. She was a hard working woman for twenty-five years at the Credit Union. Ann was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Church and a member of the National Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed playing the piano, Bingo, bowling, and in later years playing at the casino. She enjoyed cooking and decorating for the holidays because family would be around her. Ann adored both the family she grew up in and the one she raised. Ann was a kind, loving, and giving wife, mother, and sister.

She is survived by her husband Ed Sowa of Munising; their children John (Treasa) Sowa, Steve (Kathy) Sowa, Sharon (Peter) Kochis, Michael (Cathy) Sowa, and Ed (Vicki) Sowa all of Munising; grandchildren Misty (Gary) Gurski, Erin (Jake) Wallace, Brent Sowa, Paige Sowa, Kristy (Sam) Norton, Peter Kochis III, Cassandra Sowa, and Sheena Sowa; great-grandchildren Jenna, Josh, Tyler, Madison, and Elliott; brother Mark (Carolyn) Boyak of Garden City, MI; sisters Karen Hamilla of Munising and Cathy (Tooker) Hamilla of Flushing; sisters-in-law Joyce Boyak and Deanna Boyak of Munising and Irene Waeghe of Gladstone; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ann was preceded in death by her Mama and Daddy, brothers Robert “Bob” Boyak, Dennis “Fuzzy” Boyak, infant Joseph Boyak, and sisters Jeanne Strand and Lorraine Boucher.

Visitation will be held at the Bowerman Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Parish Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Father Chris Gardiner will celebrate Ann’s funeral Mass on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Munising. Ann will be escorted by her sons and grandsons. Interment will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising in the spring. Her obituary and guestbook may be viewed and signed at