Virginia Bowles

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Virginia Leona Bowles, nee Grudzinski, 78, of Belleville, IL, born October 10, 1938, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Swansea Rehab Center, Swansea, IL.

Virginia graduated from Notre Dame Catholic High School in 1956. She worked as a nurse’s aide for 15 years. Virginia was a member of the Polish National Alliance. She was a den mother for her boys, participated in their sports, and was involved with many activities throughout their childhood years and beyond. Most of all, Ginny was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all she knew. Virginia would always put others first before her own needs.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Wanda Grudzinski; a son, Michael; infant grandsons, Joshua and Nicolas Bowles; and a brother, Buddy Grudzinski formerly of Houston, TX.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, David Bowles;
three sons, John (Judy) Bowles of Glen Alpine NC, Steven Bowles of Belleville, IL,and Thomas (Angela) Bowles of Glen Carbon, IL;
a sister, Diane (Michael) Lorimor of Chandler, AZ;
five grandchildren;
five great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Heartland Hospice Care Memorial Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


2 Comments on Virginia Bowles

Ronny and JoLinda Smith said : Guest Report Sep 22, 2017 at 2:55 PM

Sincerest condolences to you and your family. Prayers for John, Judy and the rest of the family during this difficult time.

  • Willis
  • Texas
Marcia Vangenhen said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2017 at 1:55 AM

My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family in this time of great sadness, I am sorry I will be unable to attend the wake. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Millstadt
  • Il

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