Lawrie-Anne Kosowick (nee Anderson) passed away Thursday, August 26, 2021. She enjoyed a great life raising a family, working and traveling in retirement.
Lawrie (with a “w”) was born in Sioux Lookout on October 29, 1946 to John and Annie Anderson (nee Lawrie). Her father’s employment moved the family throughout northwestern Ontario. She attended Rossport Public School, Little Long Lac Public School, and B.A. Parker Elementary School in Geraldton. She graduated from Fort Frances High School in 1965. In her youth, Lawrie was an active member of Brownies and Girl Guides and was a champion five-pin bowler. Lawrie then enrolled in the McKellar Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1968.
After graduation, Lawrie worked at McKellar Hospital and during a chance re-meeting of an old high school classmate, she began a relationship with her husband to be, Stephen Kosowick. They were married in 1972. Lawrie also worked at the Dryden Hospital and La Verendrye Hospital before accepting a position as the Health Care Co-ordinator at the Fort Frances Jail where she worked for 31 years at what she described as “the best job ever.”
After marriage, Steve and Lawrie had the “best daughter ever,” Dana (Jason) of Fort Frances, Ontario and the “best son ever,” Brian (Nicole and children Sam and Mason) of Fort Worth, Texas. She is also survived by a younger sister, Dorothy Friske (Arnie) of Geraldton, Ontario, sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Michael (Sparky) Asplund of Fort Frances, Ontario and nephews Sheldon Friske of Barrie, Ontario and Trevor Torseth of Los Angeles, California. Also left to cherish her memory are her McKellar Hospital nursing classmates, her Seagull Beach Club family in Florida, friends and neighbours in Fort Frances who were like family.
After retirement, Steve and Lawrie enjoyed traveling throughout Canada and the U.S.A., Europe, and two winters spent in Australia and New Zealand. Many wonderful retirement winters were also spent in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
While at home in Fort Frances, she spent time fishing Rainy Lake, traveling to Minnesota to try her luck at Keno machines, and being an active member of the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary. She loved gardening and maintained a beautiful backyard. This year’s tomato plants are truly the best she’s ever grown! Lawrie loved going to garage sales, and holding an annual two day garage sale at her home. She loved playing “store.”
At Lawrie’s request there will be no funeral. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Fort Frances Curling Club on Saturday October 9, 2021. In lieu of flowers or donations, Lawrie has requested that everyone attend the La Verendrye Auxiliary Strawberry Social and spend lots of money at the “Pick a Strawberry” booth.
Lawrie, we know you’re enjoying a prime rib dinner at the casino in the sky and that your Keno numbers have hit! We love you.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.