OSWEGO, NY – Robert Mark “Oakie” Okoniewski, 51 a resident of 195 W. Fifth St, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday Aug. 24, 2011, at his home.
Born in Oswego, he was a son of the late Peter and Jean (Cullivan) Okoniewski and was a graduate of Oswego High School.
He was employed with the Loretto Heights Nursing Home for 20 years and later worked for the maintenance department at State University College at Oswego.
Oakie had an avid interest in all sports.
As a participant, he will be remembered as the backbone of several Irish Inn softball and basketball teams during the 1980s.
He could also be found anyplace there was a game of cribbage being played.
Surviving are his two sisters, Linda Okoniewski of Oswego and Kathleen (Joseph) Pagano of Oswego; a brother, Michael (Kelle) Okoniewski of Hornell; three nieces, Shannon Pagano, Michelle Okoniewski and McKayla Okoniewski; and two nephews, Nicholas Pagano and Peter Okoniewski.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the Dowdle Funeral Home.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to a charity of choice.