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John "Jack" Charles Orlowski Sr.

1934 - 2021



John “Jack” Charles Orlowski, Sr. 87, passed peacefully on June 27, 2021, in Green Bay, WI. 

Jack was born on March 10, 1934, in Racine, WI to Stan and Mae Orlowski.  Jack married his soulmate and best friend Joan Meekma on August 8, 1953, and they were blessed with eight children.  Jack had his own business in enamel painting in Racine and then moved to Lombard IL where he managed Kote Rite and then was plant manager of Sun Chemical in Northlake, IL.  Jack lived life large and was known for his love of his family, the Green Bay Packers, and fishing.  He was also well known for his storytelling and his grand adventures including fishing in Canada, tailgating, playing cribbage, an occasional “Jack” and hundreds of other escapades.  He loved to gather family friends, colleagues, and neighbors at his homes in Lombard, IL and Keshena, WI.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Stan and Mae Orlowski and in-laws, Harry and Ann Meekma as well as his beloved son, James.  Jack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joan as well as his children; John C. Orlowski, Jr, Dr. Janis (Bill McNulty) Orlowski, Dana Orlowski, Jeff (Barb Nelson) Orlowski, Juliann (Brett Theissing) Giannini, Jeanne (Dr. Tom) Smith, Judith (Tony) Wrenn and Joseph Orlowski. Grandchildren; Connor (Alison Burke) McNulty, Chase (Devin) Orlowski, Jason, Jessica, and Jeremy Douglas, Nicholas (Katie) Giannini, Ashley (Ryan) Prickette, Amanda (Bryan) Olesiak, Lauren (Mike) Rose, Samantha (Charles) Ging, Natalie (Eric Johnson) Smith, Rebecca (Paul Costagli) Smith, Madeline (John) Russo, Michael (Mayra) Smith-Coronado, Tyler (Inna) Wrenn and Haley (Stan Bukowski) Wrenn.  He is also survived by 15 great- grandchildren with two more expected soon.  As well as his sister, Sally (Don) Reiter, sister-in-law Judith Adamson and many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, and those friends he collected throughout his long life.  

The family wishes to thank St. Vincent’s Hospital staff and the staff at Woodside Lutheran Home, especially the Mulberry team.

A mass of celebration will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena WI on August 7, 2021, at 11am followed by a reception in Barrett’s Hall.  The family requests in lieu of flowers a donation to the John C. Orlowski, Sr Memorial Fund at 57 E Delaware Place #4101, Chicago, IL 60611

Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos may be shared with Jack’s family on his tribute page at www.lyndahl. com

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James F Segredo

July 22, 2021 10:33 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the Orlowski Family.
Jack and the Orlowski Family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Montini Catholic Board of Directors
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A Grove of 3 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of John "Jack" Charles Orlowski Sr.

Jim Segredo and the MCHS Family

July 16, 2021 10:48 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the Orlowski family. Jack was a great man and he will be truly missed. Jack and the Orlowksi family are in our thoughts and prayers at Montini Catholic High School.

Jim Segredo and the MCHS Family

A Grove of 3 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of John "Jack" Charles Orlowski Sr.

Colleen Risk

July 6, 2021 3:37 PM

With our sincere condolences, the Vizient Team
Colleen Risk

A Grove of 5 Memorial Trees was planted in memory of John "Jack" Charles Orlowski Sr.

Sincerely, AbbVie RA CMC Team

July 30, 2021 2:32 PM


Our sincere condolences on the loss of your dad.
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Chris Parrilli

July 9, 2021 12:25 PM

Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Jack was managing the Northlake plant when I started at Sun. All the things you have mentioned were so true. He was bigger than life and always made me feel comfortable; even as a nobody in the organization. I recall him constantly having to run to Massie's office for God knows what. But he was so dedicated and loyal to the company and that always impressed me. I am sure your memories will keep you smiling and remembering all that was good about him. We will keep you in our thought and prayers.

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