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“As a former neighbor in Warren, we shared many days visiting in her glider on her porch and catching up on the news of the day. When she was ready...Read More »
1 of 3 | Posted by: Karen Morehead - Warren, MI

“I had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Ogonowski since I became a friend of MaryAnn in high school. I have many good memories of her when I visited at...Read More »
2 of 3 | Posted by: JoLynne Woznicki - Warren, MI

“Prayers going out to the Ogonowski family, I have good memories of her when we were all part of Our Lady Gate of Heaven parish. ”
3 of 3 | Posted by: Frances Janis - Dearborn Heights, MI

Rose Mary Ogonowski, age 96 of West Bloomfield, died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at home while in the care of her loving daughter. She was born at home on the farm in Capps Creek Township, Missouri on July 31, 1922, daughter of the late John and the late Helen (nee: Polkoski) Schroetter.

For this girl, born and raised on the family farm in the heart of rural Missouri, life on the farm was a balance of hard work and enjoyment interspersed with life lessons that she carried throughout her life. As life unfolded for the Schroetter family, opportunity for work in Michigan would eventually lead them to relocate in search of something promising. So they called out the boys, hosted an old country auction, and sold the family farm,…lock, stock & barrel. But with them came all the wonderful, heartfelt memories that had been made through life on the farm, and Rose held hers ever close at heart.

As adulthood took its course and Rose grew into a fine young woman, she would eventually meet the man with whom she would share her life, the dashing Mr. Casimer Ogonowski. Courtship led to romance, and romance to marriage, and the two would grow deeper in love with each passing day,…not merely as husband & wife, but also as Mom & Dad to their two beautiful children, Mary Ann and Edwin Casimer.

Though Rose held some positions outside of the house over the years, her greatest and most important responsibilities were those right at home as a homemaker and Mom. With lessons learned as a young child, she was diligent in everything she did and always gave her best to each task encountered. And when the work was done and she managed to find a little time for some pastime enjoyment, you might have found her out in the garden tending to her precious flowers. Though some may consider that a lot of work, Rose was simply feeding her passion and hunger for all things floral. Like a painter with his brushes, Rose had her spade & claw, and a set of hard workin' hands that tilled the soil and worked the ground with the tender-loving-care of a botanist. Each flower petal told the story of how deeply Rose poured herself into her backyard beautification, her own "Work of art" for all to enjoy.

Another work / passion project in which Rose shined was the magic she performed in the kitchen,…specifically in her baking skills. Like most Mom's and Grandma's who possess many of the old world skills and traditions in food preparation, Rose was right there in the mix. And though most everything she baked was a mouthwatering delight, she was the Queen of the Pumpkin Pie. And we're not talking from the can,…no, it was always from scratch with a little dash of love for that extra zing. That, and a glass of milk, and you were in dessert Heaven.

Coming from an era where watching daytime soap operas was quite prevalent, Rose's later years, and days, were often spent taking in one of her favorites, the iconic, "Days of Our Lives." A classic of the genre, you would be hard-pressed to find a day when she wasn't glued to the television when her "story" was being aired. Many-an-actor has come and gone over the years on the set, but Rose was a constant and faithful viewer and fan.

Another memory all will share about Rose was how she loved a good sit on the porch. Whether in her earlier days, at the house in Warren, as she gave that glider a workout swingin' back & forth,…or sitting on that beautiful deck at her West Bloomfield residence, Rose truly enjoyed those peaceful moments of listening to nature, watching life unfold, and perhaps engaging with a friendly neighbor or two. Another of her Warren memories included the shopping excursions she often relished at the Tech Plaza Shopping Center. Not only did she come away with some incredible deals over the years, but it was all made so convenient by the fact that it was just a short walk from home ~ Bonus!

Yet of all her "favorites" that sparked the most pleasure, it was definitely centered around Food & Drink. Possessing the Grand-Daddy of sweet tooth's, Rose was known for her love of sweets,…and she wasn't all that particular either. But, of course, at the top of the list was her ultimate sweet treat, Jelly Beans! Just like Ronald Reagan, Rose truly had a penchant for those tiny & colorful nuggets of sugary delight,…and she couldn't get enough of them. And also near the top of her food pyramid was the tasty goodness of a juicy & succulent cheeseburger from the ever-popular Burger King. But little could beat the enthusiasm and challenge of a visit to the Old Country Buffet where the supreme joy and satisfaction was derived in trying to see just how much food she could squirrel away home for another meal or two on the Buffet's dime. It was like a game for Rose,…and she was always the Victor! As for the "drink" portion of this mention, Rose's day could often be capped off with her drink of choice, a beer and a high ball. A Brewski & Whiskey Mixer had her name written all over it, and was often the perfect elixir.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Rose leaves a plethora of memories to be enjoyed by all those who were blessed to know her. She loved, she laughed, and she lived life to the fullest, touching countless lives with her compassion and wisdom. For this sweet soul whose life began on a farm amid the environs of simpler times, she has run the race with pride and honor and now receives her Heavenly reward. Rest in peace, Rosie.

Rose was the beloved wife of the late Casimer. Dearest mother of Mary Ann Scholl, and the late Edwin Casimer Ogonowski. Loving grandmother of Joseph (Janice) Scholl, Jason (Brookie) Scholl, and great-grandmother of Charlotte, William,