Jean M. Rowbo


Jean M. Rowbo, formerly of Galway, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, she was 96. Jean lived most of her life on or next door to her parent’s farm and across the creek from her brother in Galway. She married her childhood sweetheart. When they both retired in 1983 they traveled and then moved to Naples, Florida. She loved her family, career, gardening, animals, and was a devoted Catholic.

She is predeceased by her parents James and Mary Kalinkewicz, sister Theresa Robinson, brother Joseph Kalinkewicz, and her husband of 68 years John Rowbo. She is survived by her son Alexander, daughter-in-law Sandra; many nephews and nieces and great nieces and nephews from the Kalinkewicz and Robinson families, formerly of Galway, NY; and the Rowbo family formerly of Queens, NY.

Jean’s career began at St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Schenectady’s Army Depot, WGY-WRGB, The Maqua Co., and she retired from Ellis Hospital as Assistant Personal Director.

Jean was a member of the Sacandaga Boat Club, Zonta International, and Past President of the Emblem Club of Schenectady. She volunteered and took great pride helping immigrants study for the US Citizenship Test. She is currently a member of the Henderson Creek Club of Naples, FL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc. 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm. Interment will be at the Galway Village Cemetery in the Spring.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, or plant a perennial in memory of Jean.

Guest Book

Annette and Neil

Dear Al and Sandy,
Your mother was a very warm hearted, beautiful, gracious and soft spoken woman. We will always remember her smile and how she always made us feel welcome in both their Galway and Naples home.
She was also very thoughtful and interested in whatever we were doing. I happened to mention how I loved sea shells and a few days later in the mail I had received a huge article with sea shell photos and descriptions. I always think of Jean when I refer to the examples.
We feel fortunate to have such fond memories of both Jean and John. God bless you always and rest in peace, Jean.