Ann Cardona

Obituary of Ann E. Cardona

Ann E. Cardona

(nee Kowalczyk)


Ann E. Cardona, passed away at the age of 84, on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at St. Joseph Medical Center, surrounded by the love of her family. Ann was born in Detroit, MI, on October 29, 1938, the daughter of the late Stanislaw and Anastaja (nee Zjawiona) Kowalczyk. 


Ann liked to stay active.  She enjoyed taking road trips with the grandchildren, painting, listening to country music, classical music and opera music, and she  enjoyed a variety of ethnic foods. Christmas was her favorite Holiday.  She loved everything about the season; from the Hallmark movies to seeing the snow on the ground. 


Ann is survived by her children, Victor (Blanca) Bryand, Barbara (the late Jose M. Sr.) Reyes, Samantha (Cheryl) Bryand, Jose (the late Jose Novoa) Bryand, III, Juan Cardona, Jr., Jose L. Cardona, and Julia (Walter) White; grandchildren, Jose M. Reyes, Jr., Christine E. Orona, Cecylia M. Rivera, Alfonso Reyes, Daniel Reyes, Pedro Orona, Elizabeth Genchi, Elliot V. Bryand, Matthew O'Donnell, Mary Neubauer, Jr. White, Justin Cardona, and Jeremy Cardona, Katrina Camacho; 25 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Fred Kowalczyk.  Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

She is preceded by her husband, Juan E. Cardona; son, Peter James Bryand; grandson, Jessie Cardona; three brothers, Hank, Stanislaw, and Johnny Kowalczyk; and one sister, Cecylia.

Funeral Services for Ann E. Cardona will be held at 11:00 a.m., on October 6, 2023, at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Rd, (at Essington Rd.), Joliet, IL.  Interment will follow at St. Mary Nativity Cemetery, Crest Hill.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

For anyone who would like to make a contribution to Anne’s Services can do so via Cashapp ($Barb092521) or Zelle (773-491-3694).  

For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.




3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Friday, October 6, 2023
Fred C. Dames Funeral Homes - Joliet
3200 Black at Essington Roads
Joliet, Illinois, United States
(815) 741-5500


St. Mary Nativity Cemetery
601 W. Caton Farm Road
Crest Hill, Illinois, United States

Memorial Contributions