Kathryn Ostrowski

Nov. 11, 1933 May 26, 2010


Kathryn Ostrowski passed into eternal life after a short illness on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, with her family by her side at the age of 76. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vera (Hine-Panawash) Gloff and Walter Panawash, and her brother, James Panawash.

She was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Waukesha. Kathryn graduated from Waukesha High School. She retired from the Milwaukee Journal Co., where she worked, after leaving the Waukesha Freeman in the 1960s. She took great pleasure in decorating her home, and her lovely doll collection. She enjoyed spending time talking to each of her brothers and sisters as often as possible, keeping close contact with them her entire life.

She was a strong woman who spent her life showing that hard work is its own reward. Her integrity, genuine warmth, and her love of family have been her guiding principles her entire life.

Kathryn will be dearly missed by her surviving sisters, Geraline (Art) Mass of Waukesha and Darlene (Albee) Damitz of Eagle River; her brothers, Lyle Panawash and Dennis (Nancy) Panawash of Waukesha; her daughters, Sherrie Brauch and Paulette (Bruce) Fleischmann; and her grandkids: Jaime (Brent) Best, Patrick Fleischmann, Andrew (Shanell) Fleischmann, Kory (Deanna) Fleischmann, Carrie (Jason) Torres, Katie (Ron) Kennedy, Rebecka (Jeff) Link, Scott Brauch Jr. and Roberta (John) Brauch. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 p.m. until the 4 p.m. memorial service on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, four blocks south of Interstate 94 at highways J and JJ. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.

Special thanks and appreciation to her brother Lyle, who shared so much of his life with her.

Because of her love of pets, the family wishes that all donations go to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.

Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Brothers, 380 Bluemound Road, is serving the family. For obits, condolences or to receive directions, visit the Web at www.churchandchapel.com.