Friday, August 22, 2014
3:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
Rosary at 7:00pm
Saturday, August 23, 2014
10:30 AM EDT
St. Edith Catholic Church
15089 Newburgh Rd
Livonia, MI 48154
Instate at 10:00 am.
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Lyskawa VFW Post #7546
Dearborn Heights, MI 48154
Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.
32109 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Lawrence Osowski lived life to the fullest each day while holding his loved ones near. He was a a city boy who loved farm life and could find contentment in even the simplest of things. Lawrence was a hard worker who also had a spirit of adventure that emerged from time to time. A man of faith, he was genuine, the real deal, and the sort of person who would do whatever he could to help someone around him. Life will never be the same without Lawrence here, but his timeless legacy will be proudly carried on by those who follow in his footsteps.
Although the decade known as the Roaring Twenties was primarily a prosperous time in America, the decade that followed was drastically different as the entire period was covered in the hardship of the Great Depression. Jobs became scarce, which caused the unemployment rate to soar, and things only went from bad to worse when a crippling drought blanketed the nation and much of the world until our focus was shifted to supporting the WWII effort. Despite the trying days of the 1930s, a young couple from Detroit, Michigan, was able to shift their focus to an exciting time in their family as they welcomed a healthy baby boy into their hearts and home on June 3, 1931. Lawrence Donald was one of seven children born to his parents, Edward and Anna (Ulzarek) Osowski, and he was raised in the family home alongside his siblings, Jerome, Patricia, Donald, Rita, Gregg, and Mike
In many ways Lawrence experienced an upbringing that was a reflection of his generation. He was all boy and enjoyed things like dirt bikes and motorcycles. Lawrence was a student at local schools who went on to graduate from high school.
New and exciting changes were in store for Lawrence when he met the young woman with whom he would witness his family tree blossom to include numerous branches of loved ones who would fill his heart and life with great joy. Her name was Caroline “Bunny,” and they met at the bank where she was working as a teller when he came in. They began dating and not long after found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to establish a life together Lawrence and Bunny became husband and wife at the justice of the peace in Indiana on March 7, 1953. The couple later celebrated their union among family and friends in a church wedding on October 23, 1954.
Not only did Lawrence deeply love his wife, but he was filled with unspeakable happiness to welcome four children, Cindy, Timothy, Frances, and Kenneth, into the world. His love for his family was unending, and his devotion to his family had no equal. Later when his family grew to include four grandchildren, Lawrence couldn’t have been happier. It was easy to see that James, Zachary, Christine, and Erin were the light of his life, and he loved being with them whenever he could. He also loved Shawn (Jackie) and Madison as if they were his own grandchildren. Some of the memories he treasured most with his grandchildren were made when he took them on vacation. During his sunset years Lawrence was so proud that three great-grandchildren, Dane, Hunter, and Lily, joined the family.
Throughout his life Lawrence was a man of many interests. He loved going to the family farm as a young man, but he was only willing to travel by car when he went, and heading up North was a favorite as well. Lawrence enjoyed watching western movies and television with plenty of cowboys. An avid Tigers fan, he enjoyed watching baseball and sports of all kinds. Lawrence was into tractors and farm equipment as he always had a deep love for farm life. He had a special place in his heart for animals as he had several dogs that were treasured companions through the years. As recently as last year Lawrence had a cat, and he always kept a fish tank in the kitchen.
Described as a bit old school, Lawrence Osowski was a man of honor, integrity, and character. He was never one to worry about building wealth or accumulating possessions, rather, he made it his focus to live life to the fullest while holding his loved ones near. Lawrence was a humble and gracious man who held his Catholic faith close to his heart. He will be deeply missed while his memory is forever cherished by all who knew and loved him.
Lawrence Osowski died on August 19, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Caroline "Bunny". Loving father of Timothy (Janice), Frances, Kenneth, and the late Cynthia (Paul) Cummins. Dearest grandfather of James, Zachery, Christine, Erin, and Shawn (Jackie). Dear great-grandfather of Madison, Dane, Hunter, and Lily. Visitation Friday 3-9pm with a 7pm Rosary at our 30200 Five Mile location (between Merriman and Middlebelt) in Livonia. Mass Saturday 10:30am (in state 10am) at St. Edith Catholic Church on Newburgh Rd, south of 5 Mile. Sign the guest book, share a memory or upload a photo at www.TurowskiLifeStory.com