Alice M. Kowaleski, 87 of Keuterville went to live the eternal life with her husband Frank in a new shack in the woods in a place called Heaven.
Alice was born April 8, 1926 to Frank and Anna Nuxoll at the family farmhouse 3 miles north of Greencreek, Idaho. Alice attended school at Greencreek and graduated from grade school as salutatorian and high school as valedictorian. After high school she worked for various families in the Greencreek area with cooking and helping raise the families children.
On June 10, 1946, Alice married Frank Z. Kowaleski of Keuterville and they moved to a shack in the woods where the Log Trail ran by Deer Creek about 4 miles west of Forrest, Idaho. Frank worked as a timber faller using the crosscut saw for Craig Mountain Lumber Company. As they enjoyed their lives along came Julie and Joseph.
In 1950 Frank’s job moved to Grangeville, Idaho falling timber on Service Flats south of Grangeville. They bought a shack in Grangeville and Alice was thrilled, it had electricity and hot and cold water and an indoor toilet. The elk and deer were plentiful, the steelhead in the Salmon River, and the sturgeon and bass from the Snake River filled their plates, during this time along came William.
In 1955 and 1956 Frank and Alice bought ground in Grangeville and built a new shack and life continued on. Alice began a lifelong job of gathering all the information to construct the Nuxoll Family tree and kept track over time putting in all new marriages and children born and those who died.
Frank retired from falling timber the summer of 1979 and began building another new shack in Grangeville which they sold. In 1978 Frank and Alice began building a new shack in the woods on the Kowaleski Family ranch 3 miles northeast of Keuterville and moved in the summer of 1979. They enjoyed their golden years fishing, hunting and jet boating on the Salmon River and watching the best TV in the house while sitting at the kitchen table and looking out the window. During the mornings while they ate breakfast they watched the 5 point bull elk graze in the yard, the deer passed by, and the turkeys that spent the winter eating handouts and pecking the living room window in thanks.
Frank and Alice attended church at Holy Cross in Keuterville and St. Mary’s in Cottonwood and the social life in Keuterville’s Pub and Grub. In the late winter of 2012 both their health’s failed and they moved to the Grangeville Health and Rehab where they both passed away.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her son Joseph, her sister Vera Fowler, her sister Clara Morris and her brother Robert Nuxoll.
Alice is survived by her daughter Julie Wilson, Julie’s son Mark (Jodie), Julie’s daughter Margaret and her 4 children of Australia, her son, William of Keuterville and his son SGT Michael Kowaleski of Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA. Alice is also survived by her sister, Isabel West, and brother Don (Kitty) Nuxoll all of Appleton, Wisconsin, her sister Pauline Frei of Cottonwood, ID, her brother Art (Betty) Nuxoll of Hayden, Idaho, her brother Bart (Lorraine) Nuxoll, and her brother Lloyd (Betty) Nuxoll all from Greencreek, ID.
It was Franks and Alice’s wish that after their deaths they both be cremated and that their ashes be joined while falling onto the ashes of the son Joseph at a chosen site on the Kowaleski Ranch south 80. This service will take place on their 68th wedding anniversary which will be on June 10, 2014 with a renewal of their wedding vows. There will be a noon meal at the Keuterville Hall after the service. There will be a notice in the paper a couple of weeks before the service.
As the sign on the tree by the ranch gate reads, “Happiness is a shack in the woods F.K. A.K 6-10-46, Amen”
Cremation is under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.