Anne Bortowski (Glowinski)
How can you begin to describe the most wonderful person in the world? It’s as if words cannot adequately describe the love she had for life and for her family and friends.
Born in Chicago at the age of zero, which also happened to be October 31, 1952, she was the daughter of Rose and Leonard. She endured the unimaginable when her father passed away at a young age. Her mom remarried to Ron, the man we all knew and loved and he took her in as if she was his biological daughter.
Anne met her prospective husband John on a blind date set up by her Aunt Sharon. Both Anne and John worked at the Sears Tower at this time. Despite rumors to the contrary, it is still called Sears Tower to this day. Personally, I am glad they met and decided to get married or else someone else would be writing this and wouldn’t be as good. Just sayin…
Anne and John married on Oct. 22, 1977. For those who can do math, their first child Stephen was born July 27, 1978. For those that can’t do math, Honeymoon + nine months = July. Wait…I was born in July as well. Two years after Stephen was born, with impeccable consideration for simplicity in scheduling life, her second child Michael was born on July 26, 1980. We can only surmise that the first chance they had to have a date after Stephen was born was to celebrate their second anniversary. You do the math this time.
John and Anne started their life together on the streets of Chicago. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. In a house that was on a street in the city of Chicago. A few years later they decided to undertake what is widely understood as the greatest test of marriage known to man – they embarked on a journey to build a house. This house was built in St. Charles and would be their home for the next decade.
John and Anne journeyed far and wide in subsequent years, first moving to Arkansas and then packing up and moving to Arizona in the middle of the night leaving their younger son behind to enjoy the humidity. While in Arkansas, they made the decision to purchase a store called Sew Smart. Of course, if you knew Anne you knew that she loved to sew and quilt. The purchase of the store was the perfect endeavor for her passions and she and John were even invited to Switzerland to tour the headquarters of Bernina, the brand of machines she sold. The store ended up closing as Anne made her way out to Phoenix to follow John who was already there.
In Arizona she continued to pursue her passions of sewing and quilting, even working and teaching at local stores. She later became an office manager at PSM2. She dealt with a diagnosis of lung cancer in January of this year like a bad mutha SHUT YO MOUTH! However, after complications due to a stroke, her soul passed from her temporary housing to her eternal resting place on June 25, 2018.
A dedicated wife, a wonderful mother, a fantastic friend, her infectious smile brought joy into the lives of all who she came into contact with. She leaves behind her husband John, her two sons Stephen (Marcy) and Michael (Angela), two grandchildren Jonathan and Benjamin, and a host of other family and friends that she would call family.
Even though her body has left us, her memory will live in our hearts and minds for forever. And let’s be honest – she did it to escape this bloody heat in Arizona!
In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a donation to the American Cancer Society.