Betty A. Kowal

Betty A. Kowal, 76, of State Highway 29A, Gloversville, passed away Saturday, May 29, 2021, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany.

She was born in Amsterdam, on May 29, 1945, a daughter of Marshall and Alberta Kimberly Bates and was educated in Perth. Betty was a lifelong area resident.

Betty enjoyed puzzles, horses, and playing card games. Her greatest joy was being the matriarch of her family. She loved the annual Memorial Day weekend family reunion/birthday celebration, and she was always the umpire for the softball games. Betty also loved spending time with her niece, Rose, who she considered as a best friend.

In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her sisters, Alberta (Ed) Abel, Sylvia Passero, and Emma Jean Williams; a brother, Robert Batesl and her beloved dog, Suzie.

Survivors include her seven children, Steven Kowal (Virginia Leonard) of Fort Johnson, Justine (Scott) Eglin, Maria (Gary) LaPorte, and Kathy Kowal (Pablo Almodovar), all of Amsterdam, Roman (Rebecca) Kowal of Horseheads, Subrina (Scott) Badman of Perth, and Stefania (Bruce) LaBounty of Gloversville; two brothers, Marshall (Nancy) Bates Jr. of Mayfield and Warren Bates of Fort Johnson; a brother-in-law, Robert Williams of Broadalbin; seventeen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her beloved bird, Roscoe.

Cremation was performed at Park View Crematorium, Schenectady. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Linda Eastman. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brennan Memorial Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.

By Patricia Older