Mary Lynne Ostrowski, 51, passed away peacefully at home on July 19, 2013, after a six-year battle with Multiple Myeloma.
Mary was born April 27, 1962, in Shreveport, La., daughter to the late Freda Dowler Ostrowski and Chester Ostrowski of Parkersburg, W.Va.
She is survived by her father, Chester Ostrowski, Parkersburg, W.Va.; brother, Paul Ostrowski (Karen) of Norfolk, Va.; sister, Beth Hundman (Jeffrey) of Bristol, Va.; brother, Eric Ostrowski (Amy) of Harrisville, W.Va.; and five nieces and two nephews.
Mary was best known for her athletic ability starting as early as grade school with Little League baseball, where she excelled as a pitcher earning her the mention on the Paul Harvey Show for being the first girl to pitch a no-hitter in West Virginia. Next came earning runner-up in the National Hoop Shoot Contest. Mary earned many awards for basketball: two-time High School All-American; three-time State Player of the Year; West Virginia Amateur Athlete of the Year; two-time All-American; and four-time All SEC, and holds the records for all time leading rebounder and second in scoring at the University of Tennessee. During her career at the University of Tennessee, Mary had the honor of representing the U.S.A. on several international teams earning even more awards. In 1998, Mary was inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame. In 2006, Mary was also inducted into the UT Women's Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012 she was inducted into the WV Sports Writers' Hall of Fame.
In 1984, Mary graduated with a degree in Business and spent her first year as Graduate Assistant Coach at UT. Her next move was to Columbus, Ohio, to be an Assistant Basketball Coach at The Ohio State University, which she did for the next five years. She then moved into the private sector and started a 15-year career with United Parcel Service during which she attended night school and earned her MBA. Just before her diagnosis with Multiple Myeloma, Mary had left UPS to try her hand at developing her own internet businesses which she continued to try to do even during her first months of treatment.
In addition to being an outstanding athlete and businesswoman, Mary enjoyed reading, traveling, landscape design and photography.
Donations may be made to The Ostrowski Family Memorial Scholarship at Parkersburg Catholic High School (3201 Fairview Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26104) or to Hospice of Southwest Virginia (301 East Valley St., Abingdon, VA 24210).
The family would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Hospice of Southwest Virginia for taking such good care of Mary during these past few months.
A Memorial Celebration will be noon to 3 p.m. July 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Parkersburg.