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Joan Louise (Kawka) Szotek

August 17, 1938 — March 24, 2023

Paw Paw

Joan Louise Szotek, 84, of Paw Paw, passed away peacefully Friday, March 24, 2023, at her home.

She was born August 17, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John Kawka and Marie (Bartosiewicz) Kawka.

In her younger years, Joan was an avid bowler. She worked for several years setting up cards for American Greetings. She loved to visit the casinos.

On February 16, 1957, in Chicago, she was united in marriage to Richard J. Szotek who survives.

She is also survived by her three sons, Stephen (Karen) Szotek, David (Martha) Szotek and Matthew (Angelina) Szotek; six grandchildren, Alix, Allyssia, Derrick, Edward, Rocco and Emma; great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Faline, Colton and Lilith; two sisters, Geraldine Krawczyk and Charlotte Forajter.

Joan was preceded in death by her son, Richard Szotek and her daughter in law, Kris Szotek.

Family and friends are invited to visit Tuesday, March 28, 2023, beginning at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, where a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Following services, there will be a luncheon held at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centrica Care Navigators.

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