Marvin Eugene Lewandowski

1933 - 2021

Connelly Chapel


Marvin Eugene Lewandowski, age 87, of Dowagiac, died peacefully Sunday, March 28,2021, in the comfort of his family’s presence.

His life began August 23, 1933 in Pullman, Michigan. the youngest of six children born to Andrew and Sophia Lewandowski.  He is survived by his wife Pearl; one son Dale Lewandowski; one daughter Cheryl “Cherie” (William) Miller; three grandsons, Tyler Chavez, Travis Chavez and Robert Miller; three step grandchildren, Amanda, Amber and Ryan Kotyuk ; and a host of nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings; three daughters, Dawn Lewandowski, Denise Lewandowski and Debra “Debbie” Kotyuk (Rory); two sons, Michael and Dennis Lewandowski. 

Marvin was blessed to have two great loves in his life, Joyce who met our Lord in April 1976 and Pearl with whom he would have celebrated a 45th wedding anniversary in August.  He was a devoted husband and beloved father, a leader, and a mentor to the troubled and brokenhearted. Unless he was at work, you never saw him without his Perky - many will remember seeing his 6’4’ frame with his tiny 5’1’ wife taking their long walks throughout Dowagiac.  

He was General Manager for Nylon Extruders for seventeen years but when they decided to relocate to Indiana, he did not want to leave the great community of Dowagiac.  He took the position of head custodian for the Dowagiac School System (Patrick Hamilton and the High School) in 1976, retiring in 1994.  After his retirement, he volunteered at Lee Memorial Hospital and also with the Council on Aging delivering commodities throughout Cass County. He spent the last few years enjoying his Tuesday nights and Saturdays at the Dowagiac Compost site - Marvin was a talker and loved the people from his community.

He is on the other side of Jordan with the many members of his family that proceeded him and is waiting with them to greet the rest of us when we travel our last mile.  

The family will observe a private remembrance.

To honor and in tribute to Marvin, the family prefers contributions in his memory be made to assist with final expenses.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.  Please share a memory or a message online: 


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Carolyn Murray

April 13, 2021 6:25 AM

Mr Lewandowski will be fondly remembered by many, myself included. It goes to show you that you don't have to be a teacher to make an impact on kids. He was a custodian & he is a stronger memory to me than many teachers. I was lucky enough to see him now & then throughout the years & was always amazed that he remembered who I was. Congratulations on a life well lived Mr Lewandowski!

Gary Zimmerman

April 12, 2021 10:13 PM

Marvin was the best. He always had a story to tell and a smile. I don’t believe anyone was a stranger to Marvin. Every time he saw me he always reminded me of the same story. Apparently, when i was a student at patrick hamilton. The music teacher left his guitar sit when he left the room. I guess I took it upon myself to tune it for him. When he came in and began to play it sounded like a cat with it’s tale caught in the door. Marvin thought it was the funniest thing ever. He always said I wasn’t a bad kid. I just liked to have fun. Marvin will be missed. He was an asset to this community in many ways.

Patti @ Decatur Auto Center

April 2, 2021 9:44 AM

My deepest condolences to Marvin's family and many, many friends. 
Marvin will forever be remembered as one of our friendliest and most loyal customers. Always ready with a heartfelt compliment and appreciation. I enjoyed his many stories, our shop conversations, phone calls and most importantly, friendship. His voice rings clearly in my ears.
Godspeed, Marvin. 

Leah Saltzman

April 1, 2021 12:00 PM

Marvin loved his dogs.  My mother always trimmed their dogs. thru out the years. Marvin helped my mother with many things as her life was dwindling. I always talked bullcrap with him at the compost site. We never solved anything but giggled all the time. Marvin is good now and Pearl needs to continue as Marvin would have wanted.. Good bye my friend till we meet again  

Kelly kling

March 31, 2021 6:25 PM

Mr Lewandowski was always so pleasant to everyone,  we as children grew up around the corner from him and spent alot of time at his house bugging him....he will sadly be in peace...

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