Robert J. "Farmer" Ostrowski, 78, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, June 5, 2021. He was born in Holyoke on July 25, 1942 to the late Stella (Fujczak) and William Spillane. He was raised in Chicopee and attended Chicopee High School. As a kid, he would take a bus to work the tobacco fields where he earned himself the nickname Farmer. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 404, driving tractor trailers for years before he retired. He was an avid boater on the CT River where he enjoyed nearly three decades with his family. He enjoyed playing poker at the casino, driving his yellow Corvette and in his early retirement he spent hours building a model train layout that was inspired by the Lionel trains he still had from his childhood. He now joins his beloved wife of 56 years, Gail (Maes) Ostrowski, who passed away in September 2020. He will be missed by his children, Sharon Starke and husband Keith of Chicopee, Michael Ostrowski and wife Dorothy of Suffield, CT; his grandchildren, Jameson Glanville, Joseph Glanville, Jackson Ostrowski and Gavin Ostrowski. He leaves behind a sister, Cynthia Dant and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Deborah Ostrowski and a stepsister, Maureen Mercure. A Graveside service will be held on Saturday June 19, 2021 at 10am at the St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Montgomery Street, Chicopee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thomas J O’Connor Animal Shelter, 627 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104 or Holyoke VNA and Hospice, 575 Beech St., Holyoke, MA 01040. Brunelle Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www.brunellefuneralhome.com to share condolences with the family.
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