Caroline Marie Furey Kosowicz
Caroline Marie Furey Kosowicz, of Broadalbin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, after a brief, but courageous fight against COVID-19.
The daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Hiegel Furey, Caroline was born in Englewood, New Jersey, on June 19, 1938. Caroline graduated from high school at the age of 16. She was so eager to begin school, the nuns at St. Cecilia’s offered special dispensation to enroll her at just four years of age. Despite being so young, she excelled and skipped the second grade. She was a voracious reader, and if she was sitting down (which was rare), she had a book in her hand.
She worked several clerical jobs before securing a position with the Borough of Allendale, NJ as their court clerk and registrar for which she was most proud. She worked there until 1978, when she and her husband Bob embarked on the adventure of a lifetime by purchasing an old hotel in upstate New York. They successfully owned and operated the Hotel Broadalbin for 15 years and forged many great and lifelong friendships along the way. Hundreds of weddings and celebrations were made possible because of Caroline’s hard work and dedication to her much-loved hotel.
After hanging up her hat as innkeeper, Caroline began her career in elder services. She worked for several years as a site manager for Meals on Wheels in Broadalbin, for Fulton County Office for the Aging until she and Bob decided to live out their dream and retire to Cape Cod. Retirement didn’t last long though as she took a position with Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands as their Meals on Wheels site coordinator. While living on the Cape, Caroline and Bob opened their beautiful home to all their friends and family to enjoy the beauty and fun of Cape Cod.
“Meme,” as she was affectionately known as, by not only her grandchildren, but anyone who knew her, was a great storyteller with a biting sense of humor and quick wit. Her presence will be missed by so many.
Caroline was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and a member of the former Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, MaryAnn Gordon; and three children, Jacqueline, Christine, and Robbie.
Caroline’s greatest passion in life was her family and she leaves a legacy behind including the love of her life, her husband, Robert Kosowicz, whom she married on November 24, 1956; daughters, Mary Alice Rebis, Caroline (Joe) Malachowski, Katie (Terry) Bolibaugh, and Jaime Cieply Kosowicz; thirteen grandchildren, Emilie (Ryan), Alison (Tyler), Stephanie, Jacqueline, Rebecca, Amanda, MaryKate, Carley, Sara, Connor (Pierre), Danny, Kathleen, and CJ; great-grandchildren, Oliver, Charlie, Rylie, Wesley and Benjamin; a sister, Kathleen Coolong; a brother-in-law, Tony Kosowicz; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place on Monday, December 7, 2020, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, 7 North Street, Broadalbin, followed by a memorial Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Jun Segura, officiating. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. Interment will take place at Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, New Jersey on Tuesday, December 8, at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Fulton County Office of the Aging (Meals on Wheels), in care of the funeral home. Arrangements are by the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106, Johnstown, NY 12095.
The family would like to thank Drs. Kevin Cope and John Fedullo and the nursing staff at St. Mary’s for their sincere compassion and attentive care of Caroline.