John Lewandowski, age 76, of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at McReynolds Hall, with his family at his side.
He was born a twin, with Jane Kobylinski, on August 23, 1942, in Gaylord, Michigan and was one of thirteen children. John lived in Gaylord all his life and married the love of his life, Barbara (Kucharek), in May of 1962. This year is their 57th wedding anniversary.
As they started out in marriage, John worked at O.W. Rowley & Sons and then went on to work as a propane delivery driver, retiring in 2005. John and his wife, Barbara raised two daughters, Diane and Jacki.With John’s love of polka music and his polish heritage, he joined the Gaylord Polka Kings. They played for many area weddings and anniversaries. In his later years, he would play at McReynolds Hall and at his grandchildren’s school. John also loved to camp, fish, and spend time with his grand- and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret (Stryzinski) Lewandowsk; father, Joseph Lewandowski; brothers, Benard “Bernard”, Edmund, and Casimer and sisters, Clara, Teresa, Regina, Nancy, Rita, and Irene.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Diane (Jeff) Purgiel and Jacki; grandchildren, Sandra (Jay) Maufort, Jim Purgiel, Nick Purgiel, Ross Sewell, and Rose Dull; great grandchildren, Trenton and Ainsley Maufort; sisters, Sophie, Mary, and twin sister, Jane and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Mary Cathedral.
Visitation will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. St. Mary Altar Rosary Society will offer a rosary, at the funeral home, Sunday afternoon (March 17th) at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, March 18, 2019, at the cathedral from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Cathedral Schools.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.