Beth Leatrice Orlowsky
1963 - 2021
Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels - Hopkins
1400 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN
Beth Leatrice Orlowsky, age 57 passed away surrounded by family at her home in Minnetonka September 16, 2021.


Friday, September 24 from 4-7pm. St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd. Bloomington

Memorial Service

Saturday, September 25 at 11am also at St. Michael's followed by a reception with light refreshments. The memorial will be livestreamed @ click "Watch Service Live".

Beth was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, educator, author, athlete, friend, listener, and most importantly a disciple of Jesus Christ. She was born November 2, 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She married the love of her life, David Orlowsky July 19, 1986 in Chaska, Minnesota. Beth grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois before moving to Chaska in 1976. She graduated from Chaska High School, Gustavus Adolphus College and obtained her master's degree from Minnesota State University. For many years she taught French to students at Minnetonka High School, Buffalo High Schools & Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington.

Beth inspired and encouraged many people throughout her life. Her impact on those she knew, and those she never even met, endures through her published book Fearless and Free: Living with Peace and Joy through Stage 4 Cancer. She was a person of strong faith. She was a bright light wherever she was, and her strength emanated to those around her making everyone stronger and better.

She is survived by her husband David Orlowsky, their children Nicholas (Christina) Orlowsky, Alexandra Orlowsky, Jacob Orlowsky, and soon to be born first grandchild. She is also survived by her parents Victor and Diane Haen, her sisters Victoria (Eugene) Adler, Julia (Jeff) Morton and Heather (Peter) Anderson, her mother-in-law Barbara Orlowsky, her sister-in law Sharlene Orlowsky, and brother-in-law Steven (Fabiola) Orlowsky, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and life long friends. She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Ralph Orlowsky.

Loving, thoughtful, generous, smart and funny, she brightened our lives!

Memorials preferred to: Beth Orlowsky Scholarship Fund

A scholarship to help support a Minnetonka High School French student attend college will honor Beth's legacy of service and love of her students. How to contribute:

Venmo: Beth-Orlowsky-Scholarship-Fund (if needed last 4-digits of phone # 2238)

GoFundMe Page:

Personal Check: Made out to Dave Orlowsky, in the memo indicate "c/o Beth Orlowsky Scholarship Fund" (mail to 16525 Canterbury Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55345 OR drop-off at service)

Beth was an incredible ray of sunshine and her positive and warm presence permeated everything she did and everyone with whom she interacted. She cared about her students as people and built deep and authentic relationships. Her students loved her and her desk had a special folder of many cards and notes thanking her for being not only a great French teacher but also a great person. Her classroom was filled with, of course, French, but also joy, laughter, energy, and encouragement--in particular, from Beth.

As members of a school community, we leave a legacy in each student with whom we interact. Beth leaves a legacy of kindness, inspiration, curiosity of learning and different cultures, and, to be honest, one of the strongest senses of purpose and determination I've seen. ~ Jeff Erickson (Minnetonka High School Principal)
Published by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels - Hopkins on Sep. 20, 2021.
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I worked with Beth at Buffalo High school as assistant principal. Beth was a great teacher and staff member. We were sorry to see her move to Minnetonka but know she continued to touch the lives of many. She was a neighbor of my niece in Minnetonka. Mark Minkler, Buffalo, MN
Mark Minkiler
September 30, 2021
I had the privilege to work with Beth at Buffalo High School and watch a master teacher. She was brilliant, caring, loyal and compassionate. I just wanted to send my sympathies to the entire family. Beth was an outstanding educator and an even better person. She will be missed
Nick Miller
September 29, 2021
Other than my parents, I have known Beth the longest. She was my best friend...and my memories of her are far far reaching. The Void will never be eradicated. I was there when she was born.
September 21, 2021
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