Lou Ann E. Sowa, 72, of Hillside Dr., Youngsville, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Rouse Warren Co. Home after a courageous 40 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

She was born in Warren, Pa., a daughter of Robert Abraham, who survives her, of Del Mar, CA and the late Janice McKinney York. Lou Ann was a 1957 graduate of Youngsville High School and enjoyed shopping, family gatherings, and especially her grand children. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be missed by all that knew her.

She is survived by her loving husband Donald J. Sowa, whom she married October 20, 1962 at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Youngsville, a daughter Kristen (Scott) Rose and a son Steven (Kris) Sowa, a brother Thomas Abraham, all of Youngsville, stepsister Barb York Verville, and a stepbrother Mike York, her stepmother Anne Abraham of Del Mar, CA, and five grandchildren, Kathleen Rose, Susan Rose, Brett Sowa, Ben Sowa, and Matthew Sowa.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her stepfather Robert York and a half sister Kari Abraham.

Friends will be received on Wednesday (March 6) from 3 6 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Youngsville, and 1 hour prior to a funeral service that will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Saron Lutheran Church, 148 West Main St. in Youngsville, with the Rev. Mark Fischer, pastor, officiating. A vigil service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Hospice of Warren Co., 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pa., 16365, Friends of the Rouse, 701 Rouse Ave., Youngsville, Pa., 16371, or to the Saron Lutheran Church. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome. net.