Joan Marie Kielbowski

February 4, 1929 ~ July 15, 2020 (age 91)


Joan Marie Kielbowski, 91, of Valrico, FL was taken to our Lord on July 15, 2020. Beloved mother of Dave Kielbowski, Cathy (Doug) Draper, and Lynn (Steve) Rians. Dearly loved grandmother of Joe (Christen) Rians, Julie Rians, Dan Rians, and Nick Rians. Loving great-grandmother of Henry Rians, Charlie Rians, Mikey Rians and Elaina Rians. Sister-in-law to Bernadine O’Keefe and Marge Meyer. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well as many friends. Joan was married for 30 years to her loving husband Henry Paul Kielbowski who preceded her to God’s care in March 1984.

Joan was born in Chicago, IL, the youngest child of Thomas and Catherine (Casserly) O’Keefe. She had 3 brothers and 4 sisters whom she is with in Heaven now. Joan was a 1947 graduate of Fenger High School. She met Henry in 1951 and they married in 1953. She became a homemaker and mother. Later she worked as a Sears part-time saleswoman for over 15 years. She moved from Dolton, IL to the Tampa Bay area in 1986. She was an active member of Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon for many years, volunteering weekly at the food pantry and at the annual church fund raiser. More recently she was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church in Riverview, FL. Over the years Joan loved to roller skate, bowl, dance (especially line dancing), and play cards and bingo. Her family and friends will greatly miss her lively spirit, kind and generous nature, and loving heart.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, a virtual service will take place on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 2 PM at the Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel. The link for the service will be posted below. Joan will be buried next to her husband at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Calumet City, IL at a future date.

Joan had a special devotion to St. Jude and loved children of all ages. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Joan Kielbowski Memorial on the St. Jude Research and Children’s Hospital website at:

Click here to view a webcast of the service on 7/29/2020 at 02:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time.

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July 29, 2020

2:00 PM
Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel
2125 S. Bartow Hwy
Lakeland, FL 33801

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