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Josephine "Josie" (Albano) Pawloski
February 17, 1932 ~ August 17, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Josephine "Josie" M. (Albano) Pawloski
February 17, 1932 - August 17, 2023
Josie passed away on August 17, 2023 in the presence of her loving family. She was born to Frank and Rosalie (Taoiosazzio) Albano on February 17, 1932. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1950 and became an operator for Indiana Bell Telephone. She also worked at the Indiana State Prison as a switchboard operator and receptionist for Warden Alfred Dowd. Josie also spent many years working for the family-owned Albano’s and Benny’s restaurants.
Josie married Francis (Bud) S. Pawloski in 1952 and they had four children. They raised the kids at their home on Buffalo Street where each summer Josie enjoy watching the kids play ball and other games in the adjacent field. Josie loved children and although she worked throughout her life, spending time with her kids and grandkids brought her the most joy.
There is not enough space to say all the things that made Josie a special person. She went above and beyond to help, to comfort, and to support others. Her family meant everything to her. She was caring and loving with her children and grandchildren and others as well. Her nurturing qualities will be greatly missed but will remain among our greatest memories of her.
Josie enjoyed the company of many friends over the years, especially long-time friend Judy Caddo; they went everywhere together and were always there for each other. She loved her trips to Las Vegas and even won a big jackpot. She enjoyed playing bingo and going for coffee, breakfast, or lunch with family and friends. Josie had a big heart and always had space in it for another child or another friend or anyone who needed her help, sought her advice, or just needed to talk. She was known to many and loved by all!
Josie is survived by her sons Dave Pawloski, Michigan City, Indiana, Doug (Diane) Pawloski, Kokomo, Indiana, Duane "Dean" (Sandy) Pawloski, Centerville, Ohio; Josie is also survived by her grandchildren, Lynsey (Casey) Johnston, Fishers, Indiana, Michelle Pawloski, Nathan Pawloski, Kelsey (Kyrie) Pawloski, Michigan City, Indiana, Joshua Pawloski, Center Line, Michigan, Jacob (Mushgan) Pawloski, Royal Oak, Michigan, Sara Pawloski, Chicago, Illinois, Vincent Pawloski, Nashville, Tennessee and Brandon Sydow, Michigan City, Indiana and three great granddaughters, Eva and Camila Johnston, Fishers, Indiana and Meena Pawloski, Royal Oak, Michigan and sister-in-law Ellen Albano, Michigan City, Indiana.
Josie was preceded in death by her husband Francis “Bud” Pawloski and daughter Debbie Sydow. She was the last surviving sibling of her Albano family, preceded in death by her sister Virginia Dompke, and her five brothers Benny, Sam, Dominic, Jim, and Russell.
Visitation hours will be Thursday from 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM in the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana with private family service and entombment in St. Stanislaus Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Josie’s name to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave. Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 or a charity of your choice.