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Mrs. Shirley J. Amrozewicz Czech, 87, entered the arms of the Lord on Friday, November 17, 2023.
We respectfully request that no one arrive at the funeral home prior to the posted visitation times, so as not to intrude on the family’s private time.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Monday, November 20th. from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00PM. On Tuesday, November 21st. at 8:30AM, everyone will start to gather in the funeral home where a prayer service will begin at 9:00AM, followed by the funeral mass to be offered in St. Hedwig Roman Catholic Church in Elizabeth at 10:00AM. The prayers of the committal will precede Shirley’s burial in the family plot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey.
Shirley, the daughter of the late Janina H. Dural Amrozewicz and the late Francis R. Amrozewicz, was born in Newark, New Jersey. She was raised, went to school, and spent her entire life in Linden.
Shirley had a twenty-five year career as a teacher’s aide in School #4 where she was employed by the Linden Board of Education until finally earning her well-deserved retirement in 2014.
During the 1950’s, Shirley was a member of Linden’s St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church’s Sodality of the Blessed Mother. That started Shirley on her way as an active member in her local community alongside many of the area’s families that she knew and grew up with. Shirley was a member of the School #3 PTA organization, as well as, a participant of Linden Summer playhouse. The Ladies Auxiliary Linden Knights of Columbus Council #2859 kept her busy with meetings and fund raisers throughout the years. She was also a member of the New Jersey Lapidary Society and the Bayway Women’s Club. On a personal side, Shirley was a dynamite cook and an adventurous “foodie” who was constantly willing to try a new recipe or even make one up as she went along. Her mashed potatoes were famous in her inner circle. Shirley was a lover of animals, including her birds, her fish and her dogs, especially “Patches”. Aside from forever being with children in school, Shirley had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. She was continually learning and passing that knowledge along to others. The smile that could light up the world was eternally a part of Shirley’s demeanor, and she was a true “Jersey Girl” who loved spending her time “down the shore” especially with her family in Wildwood. Even with such a full life, Shirley’s heart was bursting at the seams with her love for her family. She would do anything, travel anywhere just to spend time with them. Whenever party occasions or the holidays rolled around, Shirley would cook enough food to feed an army and everyone, of course, went home with Tupperware filled with leftovers.
Shirley is survived by the love of her life, her husband of sixty-two years, Richard J. Czech; her son, Marc-Jason Czech and his wife, Carol; her daughter, Jeannine Podesta and her husband, Alan; her granddaughter, Arista Czech and her many neighbors and friends.
Shirley was a down to earth woman who spoke her mind and wasn’t concerned about other’s opinions about her. If she liked you, you knew it & if not….well you knew that too! She was a wonderful lady devoted to her husband and children and she was the center of their world. Shirley will be forever missed, and she will always remain in our hearts.