Annette Langdon Kowalski, 78, of Walpole died December 14 after complications from a fall and a brief interlude with cancer. She was a former resident of Mashpee.
She was the widow of John L. Kowalski, to whom she was married for 25 years at the time of his death in 2017.
A graduate of the Dedham High School Class of 1959, Ms. Kowalski lived most of her life in Dedham, where she married, raised her children and held a variety of jobs.
She moved to the Upper Cape in 1996 and was employed by the Mashpee Council on Aging. She also was the site manager for the Meals-on-Wheels program funded by Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands that was coordinated through the Sandwich Council on Aging. In a 2001 Enterprise article about the program that often provides the only really nutritional meal that some frail elderly and shut-in people get, Ms. Kowalski said that volunteers must hand-deliver the meals, and cannot leave them on a doorstep. This, Ms. Kowalski said, not only insures that participants get their meal, but also is a way of checking to make sure they are all right.
“Just today, a driver called in to tell us that he got no response when he attempted to deliver the meal. We checked with her family, and learned that she had gone to a christening, but had forgotten to call in to tell us. She could have just as easily been ill,” Ms. Kowalski said. “Sometimes the meal delivery is the only contact a participant has with the outside world in the entire day,” she added.
After her husband died, she moved from Deer Crossing to Walpole to be closer to family during her retirement.
She leaves two sons, David Langdon of Falmouth, Maine, and Paul Langdon of Wethersfield, Connecticut; several grandchildren; a sister and brother; and other family.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, Jennie and Dan Quintilliani.
Burial was to be private.
A memorial gathering will take place at a later date.