OSWEGO, NY – Tillie Kostoroski, daughter of the late Andrew and Laura Pawlenko, passed away on Monday August 22, 2016, in Oswego.
Tillie worked in the medical field for many years, 26 years for Dr. Riley, six years for Dr. Mahon, and 12 years for Dr. Mandanas.
When her heart allowed it, she served and volunteered with many organizations.
She belonged to the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) for more than 60 years where she also served as president on several occasions.
She volunteered with RSVP Volunteers where she helped with Meals on Wheels.
She volunteered for a short time at St. Luke’s working in its store and wrapping Christmas presents.
She also crocheted blankets for the Hannibal American Legion.
She traveled to bluegrass festivals for many years with her husband, family and all the children, following her brother’s band playing musical instruments and singing.
Tillie also enjoyed reading, playing cards with her friends and crocheting.
She enjoyed being nice to people and visiting with her former school friends.
She attended and also taught religious education at St. Stephen’s Church.
In her later years, she attended services at Simeon Dewitt due to her health.
Tillie is survived by her sisters, Anne Dibble, Mary Phillips and her husband Ted.
She dearly loved her family and is survived by her daughter, Christine Benzing and her husband Tom, her sons Gary Kostoroski, Keith Kostoroski and his wife Tammy; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Tillie was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, John Kostoroski, who passed away in 2008.
She was also predeceased by her brother, Andy Pawlenko; her sister-in-law, Ardy Pawlenko; and her brother-in-law, John Dibble.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. from St. Stephen’s Church.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Friday from 9 -10 a.m.