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GERALD "Jerry", "Papa" RAYMOND OSOWSKI

1938 ~ 2019 (age 80)

Gerald (“Jerry”, “Papa”) Raymond Osowski, 80, of Lutsen, formerly of Brooklyn Park, MN passed away at his home, Friday, January 18, 2019.  Amazingly, he died on the same 3rd Friday in January as his Beloved Wife, Susie, did 24 years ago.  They are now together again…for eternity. 

Jerry was born in Little Falls, MN on April 10, 1938, to Raymond and Mary Osowski. Jerry was raised in Little Falls, graduating from Little Falls High School in 1956.

Following high school, Jerry served in the US Coast Guard as a Guardsman based at USCGG Castle Rock serving on the Nova Scotia for 2 years.  Jerry first worked for the railroad and then for 30 years as a truck driver for the Local Teamsters 120. 

Unfortunately, Jerry’s mother and father passed away in his early adult years. Family was very important to him and he stayed close to his brother and his family, and aunts, uncles and cousins, visiting them often. When Jerry married his beloved wife Susie on July 29, 1961, he embraced her family entirely. Her Mother and Father became his and her sisters and brother all loved Jerry. Jerry always was there for his mother and father in law and they adored him. Jerry stayed by his father in law’s bedside the last six days of his life—reminiscing and telling stories with his sisters-in-law, Lila and Ellen. He was a very loving son and brother to his wife’s Susie’s family.

Jerry and Susie had their three children, each one year apart—Raymond “Ray” Alfred, Michael “Mike” John, and Edie Marie.  Jerry worked hard to provide for his wife and three children. He put his wife and family first. During the 80s, Jerry and Susie began to fall in love with the Lutsen area on the Northshore of Lake Superior when they were taking their adult children on ski in/ski out vacations to the Lutsen Mountain. Those family memories are some of the best “Osowski” times---skiing all day together, playing board games, riding garbage bags or food trays down the ski slopes, dancing the night away at the chalet and Lutsen resort, and laughing all the way.

In 1991, he and his wife Susie renewed their wedding vows, sold their home they raised their children in Brooklyn Park and moved into their dream retirement home on the shores of Lake Superior in Lutsen, MN.  Jerry retired at the young age of 57 and looked forward to retiring with his loving wife, Susie, of 33 ½ years.

Jerry’s retirement dreams were shattered, and life was forever changed when his wife Susie, mother of his children, unexpectedly passed away on January 21, 1995 while they were snowshoeing near their home in Lutsen. Jerry stayed with his children in Minneapolis often during the years he grieved. During these years, his beloved grandchildren, two at the time, Zack & Jake, brought Jerry great joy and purpose!  In 2008, Jerry was blessed again with his daughter’s “miracle baby”, Blake. Jerry loved and adored all his grandchildren.

Jerry will be peacefully laid to rest next to his love of his life, his beloved wife Susie, who was in the business of “marriage and family raising……she kept house, cared for her husband and raised her kids. And, when her kids were raised, she sought their happiness and wellbeing”. In Jerry’s own words, “She was my very very best friend. She stood beside me even though she did not always agree with my methods. She was the one I leaned on to get me through the rough places. She took such good care of me in every way.” As he wrote to her. “Your face is my Valentine” ---” And, remember Susie, that we did not miss that many splendored things, you were that golden crown that made me a king.

Jerry & Susie’s love story is their legacy to their children. Their three children are very thankful for their Dad & Mom’s love for one another and will cherish the many memories of their wonderful family life together as the “Osowskis”. Jerry and Susie’s children are now at peace that their parents are reunited now for eternity, and Dad, in his own words, is no longer “LEFT BEHIND”.

Jerry loved the water. And he was especially intrigued by the beauty and history of Lake Superior—the ships, the weather, its vastness and power. He loved to walk shorelines searching for driftwood that he would later creatively use in his artistic masterpieces. He loved building and tending campfires on the beach, he enjoyed kayaking and would take his small fishing boat along the shores of Lake Superior

Jerry enjoyed hiking, was a downhill skier, and loved adventure and a good challenge. He climbed to the top of the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while he took his family on vacation there. Jerry loved motorcycles and he and his wife Susie would take long motorcycle vacations to the west coast (CA & WA), while their children enjoyed time with their Grandma & Grandpa. Jerry & Susie were very grateful to their parents, Alfred and Grace, for their willingness to take care of their three young children, which made their motorcycle trips possible

Jerry loved to read books (including the dictionary). He read his bible and loved the Lord. Jerry was a movie enthusiast—he loved to watch documentaries and many different movie genres.  Jerry loved history and he was the guy you wanted on your team if you were playing Trivia. Jerry was very nostalgic, he was a poet and gifted writer.  He framed his favorite poems he wrote and displayed them in his home and garage (the “man cave”). He was an artist and painted beautiful pictures and built many cool pieces over his 80 years. Jerry was very creative, he was an innovator, a deep thinker and he loved his hats!!!

 Jerry is preceded in death by his beloved wife Susan “Susie” Monica (Baldeschwiler) Osowski, his brother Lawrence Osowski, his Father Raymond Henry Osowski, his Mother Mary Josephine (Saulter) Osowski, his Father-in-Law Alfred Leo Baldeschwiler, his Mother-in-Law Grace Martha Baldeschwiler, his Brother-in-Law Nick Baldeschwiler and his Sisters-in-Law Mary Baldeschwiler and Alfy Danielewicz.

 Jerry is survived by his wife Karen Osowski, his three Children Raymond (Brenda), Michael (Cindy) and Edie (Tom) Harer, his Grandchildren Zachary (Katie) Osowski, Jason "Jake" Osowski (Ariana), Blake Berglund, Zachary, Christopher, Ashley, his Godchildren Todd (Sherri) Osowski, Mary (David) Herren, Jill (Tino) Martinez, his Sisters-in-Law Lila McEwen and Ellen Zaborowski, his Nephews Paul (Heather) McEwen and Ralph (Tracy) Zaborowski, his Niece Amy Leidenfrost, and many of his grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

 Private Visitation will be held for immediate family. Home Going Prayer and Interment Service with Military Honors will begin at 1:00pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at St Vincent DePaul Cemetery (9100 93rd Avenue North – Brooklyn Park, MN). All are welcome to join Jerry’s family at the cemetery and a Celebration of Life gathering, including food, immediately following the ceremony hosted by Jerry’s family at his daughter’s home (Tom & Edie Harer 15830 Andrie Street NW, Ramsey, MN 55303).

Paul Bearers:

Raymond Osowski – Son             

Michael Osowski – Son

Zachary Osowski – Grandson      

Jason Osowski – Grandson

Blake Berglund – Grandson         

Zachary Harer – Grandson

Todd Osowski – Godson               

Tom Harer – Son In-Law

Mitchel Osowski – Grand Nephew

A special thank you to Jerry’s sisters-in-law, Lila McEwen and Ellen Zaborowski, for traveling from Alaska and Northern Wisconsin to be with us today to honor our Dad. Thank you to Jerry’s daughter’s friend, Karen Miller, for serving food so graciously. And thank you to Chris Salley, longtime family friend, for officiating the service for our Dad.

May God Bring peace, love, comfort and grace to all that grieve, and may God help each of Jerry’s loved ones recall, remember and cherish all the great years of Jerry’s life. We love you Dad. Thank you for loving our Dear Mom so very much.  Ray, Mike and Edie

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