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Obituary of Ardelia Kowalski

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Ardelia Kowalski, 83, passed away on Monday November 6, 2023. She was born on February 21, 1940, the daughter of the late Lyman and Bernice Adams Bushnell.


Ardelia was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She worked as a Teacher’s Aide, at the Randall School in Cortland, from 1970 until she retired in 2000. Ardelia loved the kids at school, they were her number one priority. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, camping, and listening to country music. Ardelia loved life and she always had a smile on her face. Ardelia is survived by her husband Edward Kowalski, her children Leon Rounds Jr. and Terri Harden, her grandchildren Jay Harden and Hannah Harden, her siblings Richard “Dick” (Denise) Bushnell, Jessie (Sharon) Bushnell, Ronald (Pete)Bushnell, Arthur “Art” (Sylvia “Pete”) Bushnell, Stanley “Marty” Bushnell, Robert “Bob” Bushnell, Kathleen Robbins, Debbie Rangcapan, and Anna Buck, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her first husband Leon Rounds Sr., her sister Aggie Metcalf, her sister in laws Patricia Bushnell, Charlene Bushnell, and Judy Bushnell, and her brother in laws Burt Buck, Steve Robbins, and Dutch Metcalf.

Calling hours will be held on Friday November 17, 2023 from 11am-12pm at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland, NY. A funeral service will follow at 12pm with Pastor Stephanie Brown officiating. A burial will follow in the Virgil Cemetery. The service can be streamed by visiting the Wright-Beard Funeral Home website and viewing Ardelia’s obituary and clicking the “Live Funeral Stream,” tab.

Donations can be made to the Cortland Country Music Park & Campground, 1824 State Rt. 13, Cortland, NY 13045.

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