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In Memory of

Lydia Oratowski

June 16, 1920 - November 23, 2016

Obituary


Oratowski, Lydia (Fleck) 96 of Plant City passed away November 23, 2016 with family at her side.

Lydia was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 16, 1920 to Sophie (Kohl) Fleck and Andrew Henry Fleck. Lydia was baptized at St Peters Lutheran church, where she sang in the choir. In 1937 Lydia graduated from John Adams High School on Long Island and for a first job, worked at Dun and Bradstreet 9th floor NY Stock Exchange as a secretary making $12.50 per week. In 1939 Lydia married Constantine Gregory Oratowski and spent 54 happy...

Oratowski, Lydia (Fleck) 96 of Plant City passed away November 23, 2016 with family at her side.

Lydia was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 16, 1920 to Sophie (Kohl) Fleck and Andrew Henry Fleck. Lydia was baptized at St Peters Lutheran church, where she sang in the choir. In 1937 Lydia graduated from John Adams High School on Long Island and for a first job, worked at Dun and Bradstreet 9th floor NY Stock Exchange as a secretary making $12.50 per week. In 1939 Lydia married Constantine Gregory Oratowski and spent 54 happy years with her husband and sons Leonard and Michael, until her husbands' passing in 1993. Lydia spoke English, German, Russian, and Polish.


Lydia's career took her up through various management and directorship positions in Chicago, but she always had time for children. As a Cub Scout leader she set time out to integrate reading and math into activities and raised her two sons the same way. Upon moving to Florida in the 60's she became the state's first female rural route carrier for the United States Postal Service. Lydia volunteered at elementary schools in St. Petersburg and Plant City until she was 83 (2002), again showing her caring spirt and love of humanity.

Lydia is survived by her son Leonard and his wife Letty, son Michael and his wife Teresa, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Lydia will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to LifePath Hospice.