Visitation will also be held on Monday, at the church, from 9:00am until time of service
Laurencia Staron Osowski, 92, of Withee, passed away on Sunday August 13, 2023 at her home surrounded by loving family.
Laurie was born on January 1, 1931, on the family farm in Thorp, Wisconsin, She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Ciolkosz) Staron, who emigrated to the U.S. from southern Poland. Laurie attended the White Eagle School in nearby Junction, and afterward moved to Chicago to care for nieces and nephews, and was later employed in Chicago. She married Thomas Robert Osowski at St. Mary Czestochowa church near her family’s farm on June 1, 1952. Laurie and Tom raised 14 children on the land east of Thorp that they farmed together for over 45 years. Laurie felt their greatest accomplishment was encouraging the children to pursue their educations. Laurie enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and eventually great grandchildren, hosting lively gatherings at her home and traveling around the state and nation to celebrate weddings, baptisms, graduations and other family events. She visited her siblings in Chicago, and traveled with them around the U.S., Canada, and Poland. She loved reading, enjoyed her friends at Bunco, and became a quilt artist in her later years with the ladies in the Curtiss Corners Quilting Club, gifting many quilts to her family and to the needy in the area. Her many friends and devoted neighbors deeply enriched her life.
Laurie was a woman of faith, serving on the Parish School Board, the Parish Council, chairing the Ladies' Circle in her area. After retiring from these leadership roles, she attended bible study groups in Thorp and Withee, and often attended daily Mass.
Laurie is survived by 14 children: Cynthia (Kenneth) Loos, Loyal, WI; Doreen (George) Neil, Williamsburg, VA; Gregory (Diane) Osowski, White Bear Lake, MN; Nancy (Mark) Haferman, Marshfield, WI; Pamela (James) Hayden, Frisco, TX; Mark (Ann) Osowski, Mequon, WI; Marie (Nancy Stanford) Osowski, Buchanan Dam, TX; Ken Osowski, Lino Lakes, MN; Jennifer (Dennis) Postler, Bonsall, CA; Michael (Janelle) Osowski, Hartland, WI; Julie (Brian Haefs) Gumz, Onalaska, WI; Bridget (Jason) Akey, River Falls, WI; Keith (Kelly) Osowski, Beaverton, OR; and Kevin (AJ) KleinOsowski, Seattle, WA; by 31 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and by three brothers: Fred Staron of Berkeley, IL; Adam (Theresa) of Janesville, WI; and Larry (Bonnie) Staron of Gainsville, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.
Laurie is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Robert Osowski, one infant daughter, Mary Ann Osowski; her parents; five sisters; and four brothers.
The family deeply appreciates the care and guidance from Char Alleshaski and the Hospice team.
The family invites you to honor Laurie’s request that everyone wear joyful colors to her Celebration of Life. The Celebration will be offered Monday, August 21, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen, WI. Burial will follow in New St Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery in Thorp. Friends may call on Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen, WI. Visitation will conclude with the rosary at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Thorp Catholic School, Thorp, WI.