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Thaddeus "Thad" Joseph Ostrewich

August 30, 1968September 28, 2021
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Thaddeus "Thad" Joseph Ostrewich, age 53, passed away on September 28, 2021. He was born August 30, 1968 in Houston, Texas to Ted and Elsa Ostrewich.

Thad spent his younger years in Venezuela, South America. At the age of 12, he moved up to Texas, USA to attend the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas, graduating in 1987 on the Dean's List. Thad then moved to Michigan to play football for Eastern Michigan University. After college, Thad joined the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served. He was part of the B-Company 124. Thad served in Operation Desert Storm, obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and honorably discharged after eleven years of service. He remained a proud Marine throughout his life and truly lived by the brotherhood of the Marine Corp. He has maintained a strong relationship with many of the brothers he served with.

Thad worked for the State of Michigan in the Department of Corrections since 1994, up to his passing.

Thad lived the bachelor life until finding "the girl next door", fell madly in love at first sight and he knew immediately his bachelor days were over. He found the girl of his dreams and built a life with her and their kids. They recently purchased a new home together and was looking forward to making it their own to spend his retirement being the best husband and father. Katy and Thad recently got their only "child" together, Gunny, who was in the midst of training to be a pheasant hunting dog. Katy truly was what Thad loved most in his life. You could see the infectious love he had for her all over his face. He truly treated her like she was his Queen. Each and every weekend, they would be enjoying the most time together as possible. Traveling to new places to make memories as a family and a newly married couple. Thad also taught Katy her love for hunting and boating. There wasn't anything in life that he enjoyed alone, he always wanted his Katherine by his side.

Thad was a jokester and loved to get people going. He definitely dished out as much as he took. He was an avid sports fan and athlete. He played recreational softball all summer long on multiple leagues, both in the Lansing area and Houghton Lake. He was God, Family and Country through and through. During the summer you could find him on his boat, from sunup to sundown. Fishing, and enjoying his favorite place in the world, Higgins Lake with his loving wife, Katy and friends who were more like family. He served as President on the Board at CCCOA at Higgins Lake. He was a committed fan of Texas Longhorns and the Michigan Wolverines. Thad was a card shark, as well. From euchre tournaments to cribbage in the break room, you could always find him with a deck of cards nearby.

Surviving are his wife, Katherine; daughters, Shelby and Miranda Ostrewich; step-sons, Jack and Max Pereida; his mother, Elsa; sisters, Maris Stella and Lillian (John) Brackney; special nephew, Johnny; and many nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Ted Ostrewich.

Thad was loved by many for his infectious love for life and he will be sorely missed.

A celebration of Life will be held for Thad at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 900 East Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48912 on Saturday, October 23rd at 1:00 PM with a time for visitation starting at 11:00 AM. There will also be a time during the service to share memories of Thad, from those who loved him. The family invites those who are unable to attend the service in-person to join the live broadcast of the service at the following link: https://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/62290

At the request of the family, masks are required for the visitation and the service.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Matt Sasse

October 22, 2021

Valhalla is a hall in Norse mythology where dead warriors are taken in the afterlife, and is a place of honor, glory, and happiness.

Until Valhalla brother.

You will be well taken care of, as many of our brothers are already there.

Semper Fidelis my dear dear friend.

Jen Sasse

October 22, 2021

I love seeing all the photos posted. So many moments with good friends, so many moments with cherished family. We will miss you, Teddy. Your memory will live on forever. Thank you for being such a great friend and a great man. Much love,
The Sasse Family

Norm Marsh

October 19, 2021

Thanks brother for all laughs and standing strong for us. You have been a leader that we all took notice to and would follow through any hell that was brought onto us. My heart has a little broken to it with your passing but my soul is strong thanks to your incredible understanding and guidance with love for your family and friends. I’m so thankful for you my friend my life is a better place thanks to you and lord. Rest In Peace my great friend and brother you will be missed but never forgotten. ✌️Out until we play ball again.

Mike Spencer

October 18, 2021

Teddy was "good people" and I'm a better person for having known him. He had a knack for putting a smile on the faces of those around him and you always knew he had your back. Rest in peace and Semper Fi, brother.

Bill Dillman

October 11, 2021

I was truly shocked win I heard of Thad’s passing,I didn’t even know he was sick! Thad was a great friend and a fellow Marine,I’m gonna miss him very much! Some of my best memories was playing softball against him, having beers and telling lies,we worked together at HVM and Thad was a great officer! My condolences go out to your family,I’ll see u in Heaven Thad guarding the pearly gates! Semper Fi my brother!!!🙏🏻🇺🇸

Pete Zamora

October 8, 2021

Thad joined our 50 and over Adado's men's softball team in Holt 2 years ago. I am the player/coach of the team! He was not only a great player, but a better person. He fit right in with our team from the start. We all enjoyed having him on the team. We will certainly miss him dearly. Our time together was way too short. You will not be forgotten. Thank you for your service to our great country! Rest in Peace Thad!

Pete Zamora
Leslie, Michigan

Scott Mulholland

October 7, 2021

Thanks for all the great memories, from work, softball, fourwheeling or just giving each other a hard time. Love you brother!!!

Barbara Coleman-Cox

October 4, 2021

Thad and I worked at HVC in Emmet 2 (1994-2004). I remember him always laughing and joking. He was never without a smile. I also remember him and I always debating about the smallest things. He made you think. God please watch over his daughters! RIP Thad!!!


Peace&Love................Barb


Gary Raines

October 1, 2021

Served with Teddy in the Marine Corps, we went through scout swimming school together.A great Marine and even better person , was able to reconnect through social media, and would txt each other or call to play catch up. Teddy was fun loving, loved life. I will cherish my memories with him.

Shannon and Dallas Carll

October 1, 2021

We will never forget meeting you at the potty chair tournament so many years ago. That tournament will never be the same without you and neither will Monday nights men's softball league in Houghton lake. We will miss you dearly. Until we meet again. 💔

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