Bernard Ostrowski

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Ostrowski, Bernard B.

Bernard "Ben" Ostrowski, age 84, formerly of 1050 11th Avenue North, Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Friday, February 8, 2013 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Funeral Services are 11:00 AM Thursday, February 14, 2013 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. Rolando Onden will officiate. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 4:00-7:00 PM Wednesday and Thursday at the Church from 10:00-11:00 AM. There will be a parish prayer service at 6:30 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ben was born April 29, 1928 in Almond, WI to Sylvester and Josephine (Lescynski) Ostrowski. He married Joan "Shirley" Czerniak on April 23, 1950 in Chicago, IL. She died March 6, 2011. Ben was a lineman/superintendent for the Water Works & Lighting Commission for 40 years.

Ben was a member of St. Lawrence Holy Name Society, the Catholic Order of Foresters, IBEW Local #1147 and the Knights of Columbus, Council #1558. He founded Northern Tree Service in the early 1950's, loved gardening, hunting and fishing. Ben always loved to be with family members, especially the grandchildren.

Ben is survived by four sons, Edward (Jolene) Ostrowski of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Rick (Mary Jo) Ostrowski of Egg Harbor, WI, Michael (Gina) Ostrowski of Eau Claire, WI, and David (Laurie) Ostrowski of Superior, WI; five daughters, Mary Lou (Jerry) Pasto of Mount Aukum, CA, Sandy (David) Mancl of DePere, WI, Susie (Mark Motylinski) Ostrowski of Holmen, WI, Diane Ostrowski of Cadott, WI and Nancy (Steve) Schinderle of Laveen, AZ; 13 grandchildren, Mark, Beth, Becky, Scott, Tracy, Katie, Krystal, Sarah, Mary Ellen, Anna, Kevin, Jenny and Molly; and three great grandchildren, Charlotte, Sam and Connor.

Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, daughter, Debbie, grandchildren, Benjamin Motylinski and Laura Ostrowski, 3 brothers, John, Edward and George Ostrowski and 4 sisters, Jean Keening, Sophie Wire, Jane Wesolowski and Martha Rutta.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be designated to St. Lawrence Church or Assumption High School.

"Ben's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staffs at Pine Ridge, Our House, as well to Aspirus Comfort Care Hospice."

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Feb. 11, 2013
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