Anna J. Sowa

Died: Sat., Nov. 17, 2018

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New Bedford - Anna J. Sowa, 84, died peacefully, Saturday, November 17, 2018, at home.  She was the daughter of the late Albert and Katherine (Cyrkiel) Sowa.
     Born in New Bedford, she lived here all her life.  She was employed as a teacher in the New Bedford school system for 36 years until her retirement.
     An avid golfer, Anna often played on the Reservation Golf Course as well as Heritage Hill Golf Course.  She loved cats and was a rescuer for Habitat for Cats.
     She enjoyed following the Patriots and the Red Sox too.
     Anna leaves behind some very dear friends, life long friendships that spanned over 70 years, dating back to junior high school.  The highlights of Anna's days, aside from her 2 cats, were her daily evening phone calls with Joan to answer Jeopardy's "big question" together.
     Survivors include several nieces and nephews; and her very dear friends, Jeanne and Ed Motyl, Joan Park and Mary Walsh.
     She was the sister of the late Mary Botelho, Gladys Sowa, Josephine Worden, Helen Lombardi and Thaddeus Sowa.
     Her funeral services are private.
     Donations in Anna's memory may be made to Habitat for Cats, 1322 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02745  or CARE, 111 Main St., Acushnet, MA 02743.
     Arrangements are with Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.  For condolences, please visit

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Lorna Walker
   Posted Sun November 25, 2018
My condolences to the family. I was a student of "Miss Sowa"s P.E. class in 1956 at Normandin J.H. Loved having her as a teacher! So much so that I taught P.E. myself for 35 years. She was an sympathies to her family.

John (Jack) P. Nunes
   Posted Sun November 25, 2018
Anna was a good friend of my sister Fernanda (Faye) Nunes as well as the rest of our family. She was also a great teacher and counselor.
She will be missed.
John P. Nunes Jr.

John Strittmatter
   Posted Sun November 25, 2018
Anna was one of the great personalities at NBHS from the sixties to the nineties,they do not make them like that anymore.She will be surely missed.

Brandi L Mosher
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
My condolences to the family. Miss Sowa was my guidance counselor my senior year NBHS (1989-1990) she was also my mother's PE teacher in the 60's. She was always there for me and i am eternally greatful for all of her love and guidance. I will miss her always. Rest in peace Miss Sowa I Love You

Lois Baptista
   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
We will miss you. Your friends and neighbors. Lois & Jack

Sandra Vieira
   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
May you rest in eternal peace Ms. Sowa! I know how much my dear friends loved their Aunt. Linda and Elizabeth (Liz) is so sorry for your loss and for the pain you both as well as all her friends,students, family, and the community. God has gained another Angel and may she finally be reunited with the rest of your family! I’m here for you guys at your time of grief!

stephen w benoit jr
   Posted Wed November 28, 2018
i had ms sowa for my guidnce coulser back in the 88 to 91 she was an awsome lady she helped me in so many ways rip i will rememeber u always,,,, ]hard to believeu ]passed on love u in my heart

Pam (Bourque) Moreau
   Posted Sat December 08, 2018
So sorry to hear of Annas passing. I grew up across the street from her and her family. We were neighbors for years till she moved to the north end. She was a great neighbor and friend. RIP Anna.12

matthew Alves
   Posted Wed December 19, 2018
Ahhh, yes ... Ms. Sowa. She was my Guidance Counselor, Blue House, 1979-1983. I remember she had kind of a "hip" way of talking ... knew how to get on the same "warelength" as a high school student as she was helping you build your curriculum for the school year. Forgot that she was also a gym teacher, but now I kind of remember her running some of the activities down there. I hope she had a happy life.

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