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Doris Mary Fillbach

Doris Mary (Kowalewski) Fillbach, age 81, daughter of Anthony J. Kowalewski and Helen Mary (Zajaczkowski) Kowalewski, was born October 23, 1928, in Ozone Park, Long Island, New York. She passed away at her daughter’s home in Houston, Missouri, on March 19, 2010.

Doris was preceded in death by parents; her husband, William; one son, Paul; and three brothers, John, Walter and Theodore.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Kathleen C. Monks of Houston; a son, William H. Fillbach, III of Virginia; one sister; Helen Walicki of Bangor, Pennsylvania; five grandsons, Emmett W. Monks and Matthew S. Monks of Houston, William H. Fillbach, IV of Pai, Thailand, Timothy Fillbach of Vermont, and Paul Fillbach, Jr. of Waynesville, Missouri; eight granddaughters, Catherine Woods of West Plains, Missouri, Christian Monks of Houston, Elizabeth Monks of Mtn. View, Missouri, Shawn Kratz of Ozark, Missouri, Heather Fillbach of Waynesville, and Michelle Weber, Billie Jo Nikoden and Allison Rake of Bangor, Pennsylvania; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Doris was baptized into the Catholic church. She was the oldest of six children. Her parents moved to Huntington Station, Long Island, New York, when she was a child. She graduated from Huntington High School.

She married William H. Fillbach, Jr. on June 27, 1948 at St Hughes Catholic Church in New York. To this union one daughter and two sons were born.

She started her career as a telephone operator. Doris loved to work with people. She started working in the food service industry in 1960. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1970 and worked with her sister in their family restaurant. In 1980 she moved to her daughter’s farm in Houston, Missouri. She and her husband built a log home in the woods overlooking the farm. Doris had many dairy farmer friends when she worked for DHIA. After retiring from DHIA she worked at McDonald’s as a crew trainer. At the age of 75 she went to work at Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri, as an activities coordinator. She finally decided to retire full-time in 2006.

She was a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the VFW and a council member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Doris was immensely proud of her grandchildren. She loved her flower gardens, crocheting, needlework and truly enjoyed being with her church family at St. Mark’s.

Services were Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Father Matthew Rahrauer officiated. Pallbearers were Emmett G. Monks, Emmett Wesley Monks, Jim Messenger, William H. Fillbach, Lonnie L. Woods and Curt Cichon. Burial was in Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri. Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Building Fund. On-line condolences may be sent to

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