Sunday, April 28, 2019
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT
Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes
6080 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
The Rosary will be recited at 4pm.
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Life Story / Obituary
Dr. Walter Grabowski of Mattawan, MI went home to the Lord on April 22, 2019 at Bronson Methodist Hospital surrounded by his beloved family. Walter was born on January 29, 1932 to John Peter Grabowski and Frances Josephine (Aniol) Grabowski in Little Falls, NY. On June 13, 1959 he wed Carol Marie Jurisic. He received his medical degree in 1960 from the University of Michigan. He and his wife settled in the Kalamazoo area where they raised four children. Walter practiced psychiatry at the Kalamazoo State Hospital, a private practice at Bronson Hospital, and at the Battle Creek Veterans Hospital. His wife, Carol, preceded him in death in 2000. He was united in marriage to Joann O’Malley in 2001 in Beaufort, SC. Walter is survived by his wife Joann, his son Walter (Kathryn) Grabowski of Durham, NC, daughter Karen (Glenn) Blackard of Bristol, VA, daughter Joann (Thomas) Luke of Kohler, WI, daughter Susanne (Mark) Reisterer of Portage, MI, thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, four beloved step-children, nine step-grandchildren, his brother Theodore (Pat) Grabowski of Lubbock, TX, and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Arnold and Francis Prestopnik, two brothers, John and Joseph Grabowski, and two infant grandsons, John Francis Luke and Joseph Michael Reisterer. Visitation will be held on Sunday (APR 28) from 2PM-4PM at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900 with the Rosary to be recited at 4PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday (APR 29) at 11AM at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 23830 Front St, Mattawan, with a luncheon following in the church hall. Burial will then take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Bosco Catholic Church.