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L. Florence Ossowski

Birth Date: April 29, 1931
Death Date: March 15, 2017

Forsyth – Lela Florence Ossowski, 85, of Forsyth, IL departed this life for eternal life on March, 15, 2017 surrounded by her loved ones.
Florence was born April 29, 1931 in Neoga, IL she was the daughter of Lela Hall Price and Alfred Hardesty. Florence married the love of her life, John Henry Ossowski on March 30, 1951. Florence is survived by her husband John Ossowski of Decatur, sons; Steven (Gail) Ossowski of Oregon City, OR, Johnny Wayne (Candy) Ossowski of Wes Plaines, MO, Troy (Christine) Ossowski of Decatur, half-brothers: Leo Hardesty of Neoga, IL, Jim (Deb) Hardesty of Neoga, IL, Bill (Karen) Hardesty of Neoga, IL, Jack Hardesty of Alton, IL, half-sisters: Dorothy (Jr) Harl of Windsor, IL, Mary (John) Herring of Neoga, IL, and step-brother Albert (Sally) Price of Mt. Zion, IL. Grandchildren: Lisa (Chris) Woods of Decatur, Randy Ossowski of St. Louis, MO, Zachary Ossowski of Decatur, Sesha Shonkwiler of Oreana, and great-grandchildren: Karly and Alex Woods of Decatur, Chyra and Loryn Shonkwiler of Oreana.
Florence devoted her life to caring for her children and grandchildren. She was a homemaker and taught Sunday school for many years at Water Street Christian Fellowship. Florence was a faithful servant of God. She was a former member at Water Street Christian Fellowship and a member at First Church of the Nazarene. Florence was the most kind, generous, and caring woman. Florence also had the gift of hospitality, opening her home and heart to many members of her family over the years. They included her mother Lela, father-in-law Bruno, sisters-in-law, cousins and nieces; as well as, four Mexican missionary girls who called her Momma Florence. Florence loved her husband and family dearly. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was preceded in death by her parents.
John. 15:12 This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you.
Visitation will be held Monday, March 20, 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Graceland Fairlawn Funeral Home with graveside services immediately following at Macon County Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family of Lela F. Ossowski is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur, IL. 62526. Condolences and memories may be shared at

March 20, 2017
Macon County Memorial Park
5700 W. Main Decatur, IL 62522
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March 20, 2017
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  1. Thank you for these beautiful, kind words! You're correct, Gma never wavered from her loving and caring for all of us and I will be forever grateful for having her unconditional love in my life. I'm the lucky one in that I was able to call her Gma:heart:

  2. I'm sorry for your families loss. I only met Florence a few times and she always seemed liked a caring and loving lady.

    Christine Price, the daughter of Rollie and Lola Price and niece of Gladys and Harold McKown.

  3. Mom,
    One week ago today we said our last goodbyes to you surrounded by family, friends and beautiful flowers.
    As Dad, Gail and I followed your casket down the highway to your final resting place, I was in awe at the line of cars behind us as far as I could see. I probably shouldn't have been struck that way as you touched so many lives throughout your nearly 86 years.
    We are among the lucky ones, Johnny, Troy and me, having a stay-at–home mom to care for, teach, and love us through our formative years. Friends, girlfriends, wives, grandkids and great grand kids, never judgmental, you loved us all. And took care of us all.
    Three sons to raise with all of our troubles and trouble making. Our mischievousness and Ossowski stubborn streaks. How you did it is a true mystery except that your caring and loving nature never wavered. I'll miss you so much. Thankfully, I have a lifetime of wonderful memories to fill the hole in my heart. It is also comforting to know that you won't have to suffer the pain and despair that haunted your last few years. The weight -of-the-world no longer falls on your shoulders, mom.

    I promise we will take care of Dad the best we can and will always be there for him in your place. I love you mom, forever and ever.

    your first born,

  4. Troy, Christine, and family. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May your love of God and fond memories of Florence sustain you at this time.

    Larry & Sue Casey

  5. John, please accept our condolences. We loved Florence so much. As stated she was a caring lady. Praying for you and family. Ed and Jan Abla

  6. I love you so much Grandma. I'll always cherish the time we spent together. You were a very special woman and I'm so very blessed to call you Grandma. I'm a better person because of all the things you taught me and all the love you showed me. Love you bunches….xoxoxoxoxo Love Always, Lisa

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