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Rosannah Kotowski
  • Memorial donations are welcomed to:
  • American Diabetes Association
    30200 Telegraph Road, Suite 105
    Bingham Farms, MI 48025
  • Donations may also be directed to:
  • American Heart Association
    3816 Paysphere Circle
    Chicago, IL 60674

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“Mimi, you were my second mom. I'm going to miss but cherish all the talks with you about recipes and cooking. I will never forget all the holidays...Read More »
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“MiMI, you were like a grandma to me. I remember sleep overs as a kid, always being scared of your attic in Hamtramck, holidays at your house and your...Read More »
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“Very sorry for the loss of your mother ,god bless her soul,She is with him now , waiting for the rest of you . She is with loved one,s before her....Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Craig Schepke - Otter lake, MI

“Steve,I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.Lori ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Lori Simon - Macomb, MI

“So sorry for your loss, will always remember her cheese cake her love of family Anita & Rita ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Anita Pastucha - Redford


Rosannah Kotowski, age 78 of Warren, died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit. She was born March 10, 1939 in Posen, Michigan, daughter of the late John and the late Joanna (nee; Wiza) Romanowski.

Molded not only by the traditions passed down to her, Roseann was also quite proud of her Polish heritage which set the tone for much of how her life played out. From her family, to her faith, and everything in between, Roseann was always eager to help others where possible and touched many hearts through the gifts God had given her,…especially her incredible skills in cooking and baking. For every person who was fortunate to know this wonderful lady, then you'll be able to attest to what an amazing talent she possessed through her love of cooking and baking.

Yet, like most Polish Mom's of her era, keeping the family well fed and nourished was more than merely a knack or flourish,…it was like a calling from above. It's as if they were born with a mixing spoon in one hand and a bowl in the other, with visions of how their expertise would, one day, afford many some pretty tasty treats. And for Roseann, she was most definitely the purveyor of culinary delights. In her prime, all she needed was an oven, a stove, and some working space, then just step back and watch the magic unfold. But this was truly a lady with skills both old and new,…a mind that held both the old world traditions in food preparation, and a desire to learn and expand her knowledge in the realm of the kitchen through some of the new kids on the block on television's, The Food Network. Roseann absolutely LOVED that show and always paid very close attention. And as her family will share, it was an amazing feat to watch her replicate a dish after having seen it done just once on the show. Her kitchen was like a palate is to an artist,…and many of Roseann's meals were absolute masterpieces. Her recipe recollection from years past was near mind-boggling in its accuracy,…and all without the help of cards or cut-out articles, just right off the top of her head.

But television wasn't her only source of "networking,"…Roseann was also a regular and devout listener of radio's "Ask Your Neighbor" program, hosted for over 55 years by Detroit's noted and storied Bob Allison. A daily venue for folks to call in (known to Bob as his "neighbor's) and ask questions, provide answers, or simply share a recipe, Bob was merely the conduit from which passed some important and tasty tid-bits,…and Roseann was one of his regular contributors to the show. Whenever you heard him say, "we've got Rose from Warren," this was that infamous character with whom Bob loved to interact. Any day that Roseann was cooking or baking was a momentous day, but it was especially enjoyed at each Sunday dinner when the meal was always capped off by one of her delectable desserts. You know,…the kind that make your eyes roll back in your head and your mouth water with delight. Roseann's "Portfolio of Pastry Pleasures" was rife with immeasurable goodies, but none-so-much as her signature Apple Pie, Banana Bread, and…wait for it…those smooth & silky Cheesecake creations of hers, all of which pegged the meter of your taste sensations. OMG,…is anyone else out there as hungry as I am right now?

And as much as she could cook & bake, she could also talk a blue streak and lived for regaling others with her stories. Roseann could talk your ears off,…but that's OK, she'd simply talk louder. (Tee-hee!) When her family spoke of how she could talk for hours, they were speaking literally. It's amazing to think of just how someone is able to conger up enough material to talk for extended periods of time, but Roseann had it down to a science and could not get enough. But it must have been just fine as everyone always came back for more. Or was it for more of that delicious cheesecake? Jus' sayin'!

Roseann was quite a lady. Even amidst her illness, her strength prevailed beyond belief. If you google "strong woman," you're bound to see a picture of Roseann there somewhere. Yet for as strong as she was, she was equally tender,…especially when it came to her precious grandchildren. Known more affectionately to them as "Mimi," (a name she was dubbed by her first grandchild, Joseph) she was truly the matriarch, and she lived for each family gathering that came along. Any chance to enjoy the blessings of family were moments of which she could never get enough.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Roseann leaves a storehouse of cherished and wonderful memories to embrace with each reflection shared. She touched a multitude of hearts and lives along the way, and always impacted the lives of the many she was afforded the blessing of talking to or feeding. For so many different reasons to so many different people, Roseann will forever be treasured and remembered lovingly.

Rosannah was the beloved wife of the late Stanley, Dear mother of Steven (Clara) Kotowski and Karen Czajka. Loving grandmother of Joseph (Ashley), Rebecca, Ashley, Gregory, Ethan, Amanda, Samantha, Kevin, and great-grandmother of Milana and Chance. She was the sister of Angeline Yarch, Florian Romanowski, and was preceded in death by 6 other siblings.

Visitation for Rosannah will be held Sunday, October 8th from 3-9 pm, with a 7pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. She will lie in state on Monday from 10:00 am until time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Pio of Pietrelcina Catholic Church in Roseville. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674,…or the American Diabetes Association, 30200 Telegraph

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