Ernest “Mick” Ostroski, 91, departed our world September 18, 2019 after a brief illness.
A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Penn Yan Moose Lodge. Burial will be at the convenience of the family with arrangements by Weldon Funeral Home.
Mick was born May 30, 1928 to William and Margaret (Akens) Ostroski in Spike Island, part of Moosic Pa., where he spent his childhood.
On Jan. 15, 1946, he joined the Army and served in the Motor Transport field until his discharge from Fort Lewis, Washington on July 13, 1947. After his discharge he made his way to Border City near Geneva, where he worked in a garage before landing a job at the Seneca Army Depot. While working there, he was introduced to Diana DeVita. On July 25, 1953, Diana became his wife. They made their home on Seneca Lake and raised two children. Mick soon left the Depot to take a job driving tractor trailer trucks for Howard’s Express in Geneva, from where he retired.
Mick is survived by his son, Joseph Ostroski; daughter, Roseann (David) Blauvelt; granddaughters, Jessica (RJ) Metz, Jillian (Nathan) Nichols; great-grandchildren, Evelyn “brite eyes” Metz and Rorick “little guy” Nichols; his Pennsylvania family, the Wysokinskis: Tom, Kim, Jason, Tommy (Brianne Haley); and many other nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diana; brother, William; sister, Rose Marie, who at age 6 was struck by a vehicle driven by a “drunk driver;” and great-grandson, Sweed David Nichols.