5/15/1947 - 11/16/2012
Mike Lewandowski, 65, of Oak Harbor and formerly of Maumee, died Friday, November 16, 2012, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patricia, and daughter, Ann (David Armstrong) of Austin, Texas; brothers, Patrick (Mary Pat McCarthy), Matthew (Donna) and their children Caroline, Madeline and Victoria of Toledo, and Jake (Sonja) of West Chester, PA, and sister, Cate (Michael Velker) of Nashville, TN. Mike was the oldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John R. Lewandowski of Toledo.
He is also survived by an aunt, Kathy Driscoll; cousins, Patrick McDaniel and Jim (Lauri) McDaniel; four brothers- and sisters-in-law; 11 aunts- and uncles-in-law; 52 cousins. Because Mike never met a stranger, he is also survived by a huge circle of longtime friends. At the age of 50, Mike earned a bachelor's degree from Lourdes University. He worked with his brothers, Matthew and Patrick, at the family business, Lewandowski Engineers, which was established in 1916 by his great-grandfather and was responsible for much of the growth and development of Toledo.
He also served as an appraiser for the Lucas County auditor, sold real estate and then returned to Lewandowski Engineers to work with his brothers. Mike loved the water and lived his mantra that "a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work." Mike and his wife were avid boaters and enjoyed their home on the Lake Erie. A champion athlete and avid sports fan, Mike loved the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Ohio State Buckeyes. For many years, Mike and his wife, who was from Michigan, hosted an annual all-day party the day of the big game. Mike was an active fundraiser for Wood County Special Olympics, and the family invites those who wish to honor Mike with a donation to this charity whose work he greatly admired.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life tribute Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory 165 East Water Street in Oak Harbor. The celebration will continue at the home of a family friend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Online condolences can be shared with the family at
Robinson Walker Funeral Home
165 East Water Street Oak Harbor, OH 43449
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 19, 2012