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Joseph Ostrowski, Jr.

December 15, 1933 ~ April 16, 2020 (age 86)

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Joseph Ostrowski was called to rest on April 16, 2020. He was born to Joseph and Blanche Ostrowski on December 15, 1933. He was born in Poland and accompanied his parents, at the age of 6, to the Detroit area where his father came to recover after being injured during the foreign occupation in WWII. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Warren Michigan at the age of 18. He would later attend Macomb Community College and Michigan State University.Joseph (Joe) enlisted in the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War (Conflict) from 1952 to 1956.  He spent most of this time in the Philippines but also served in Hawaii and New Orleans.  He was honorably discharged, earning several commendations and he was very proud of having served his country. Joseph then served on the Detroit Police Department for about 3 years before landing a job at Chrysler Missile where he met his future wife, Barbara whom he wed on January 2, 1960.  He ended up having a successful career in food sales, working for various companies such as Campbell’s Soup. Joseph and Barbara went on to have 5 children; daughter Lauralee Ann Freeman (Frederick), and sons, Joseph Ostrowski, David Ostrowski, Michael A Ostrowski (Jacqueline), and Daniel Ostrowski (Heather). He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 59 years; Barbara Ostrowski (2019); sons Joseph Ostrowski and David Ostrowski and Son-in-law Frederick Freeman. Joseph went on to have 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren: Kimberly Henke (Naudia Tabor and Serenity Bonner), Riley Freeman (Danny Lee Harvey and Ava Harvey), David Joseph Ostrowski, Taylor Ostrowski, Jake Ostrowski, Jackson Ostrowski, and Callahan Ostrowski. Joseph was a lover of life and a lover of the lake.  He lived on Hamilton Lake in Indiana for about 20 years where he was able to retire and share his experience of lake life with his children, grandchildren, great-grand children (and many others) but most of all with his beloved wife of 59 years, Barbara Ostrowski.  Due to the current restrictions, there will be no services at this time. Although Joe deserves so much more, a private service will be provided for his immediate family only, and a celebration of life will be at a later date.

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