Mary M. Osowski, age 103 of Minto, ND passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at the Lutheran Sunset Home of Grafton. Mary was born March 12, 1917 in Regent, ND to Charles and Mary (Tupa) Kouba. She was one of ten children.
Mary came to Grafton in the spring of 1935 where she met the love of her life, Chester Osowski. Chester and Mary were married on June 2, 1937. They lived on a farm in rural Grafton for 37 years where they raised 5 children; Joan, David, Paul, Phyllis & Ruth “Putti”. Then moved to Minto in 1970. Mary and Chester spent their summer months working on the farm and their winter months in Mesa, AZ. They loved to travel all over the United States together and made date night a priority. The love they had for each other was so special. Chester passed away July 1, 1986. Mary continued living in Minto until she moved to the Lutheran Sunset Home in October of 2014.
Mary, otherwise known as “Granny” was a member of the Minto Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary, Golden Age Club, Minto Historical Society and Minto Development Cooperation. She was the life-long farm calendar record keeper for Osowski Farms and took pride in writing her life story, “Mary’s Memories”. She loved cooking, baking, canning and playing cards. Mary also cherished all the visitors and letters received while at the nursing home. She would often say, “I just don’t know why everyone likes me so much” with a smirk on her face. So many have asked how she lived such a long life and her response was “be sure to keep your mind busy or you’ll lose your marbles, I have only lost a few!”
Surviving Mary are 2 children, Joan Ledbury of Grand Forks, ND; David Osowski of Minto, ND; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren who will miss her dearly.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Chester Osowski; parents, Charles and Mary Kouba; son, Paul Osowski; daughter, Phyllis Grzadzielewski; daughter, Ruth “Putti” Heder; grandson, Philip Robinson; grandson, Lee Heder, great-grandson Zachary Osowski; and great-great granddaughter Rylie McNelis.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Minto. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Minto. Masks are recommended and social distancing guidelines will be followed. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be sent to the Lutheran Sunset Home or the Sacred Heart Cemetery fund.