December 27, 1937 - December 20, 2016
Agnes A. Tamrowski, known as Aggie by many, left this world on December 20, 2016 for a better place. Aggie was a loving mother and wife, a talented artist and a loyal friend. She was married to the same man for fifty-three years, lived in the same house in Castile, NY for fifty-two years, and inspired young people to love art for thirty-five years. Yet life was never boring. Aggie’s dedication to others, her love and kindness were her trademarks in every role of her life.
Agnes was the second child of Berne and Dorthea Woolley of Depew, New York, born December 27, 1937. She attended the Depew schools and graduated from SUNY Buffalo State in 1959 with a degree in Art Education. Aggie was junior high and later elementary art teacher at Letchworth Central School. She generated a love and appreciation for art among hundreds of students for over thirty-five years at Letchworth and briefly at Perry Elementary early in her career and at St. Michael’s in Warsaw, NY after her retirement from Letchworth.
Aggie was predeceased by her husband, Art Tamrowski who was also an art teacher at Letchworth Central School. Aggie and Art were known in their community for their artistic talents, great dinner parties, good humor and a commitment to the beautification of their surroundings. Their openness to the outside world was blended with a homey welcome to new people, new cultures and new tastes. Rarely do two people couple so exceptionally as “Art and Aggie” did.
Since Art’s death in 2012, Aggie had re-discovered her own interests, especially her extraordinary talent for pastels and oil painting. Her art was displayed in local shows in Wyoming and Genesee Counties, most recently at the “Local Color: Small World” Exhibit in January 2016 at the Arts Council of Wyoming County. Aggie also loved watching her birds, gardening, reading, knitting, and spending time with friends and family, finally at her own pace. Aggie loved good books and films, meaningful conversations with friends and loved ones, and she had a great sense of humor. She was always willing to support her children’s families with regular visits that were filled with love and care all while demonstrating a quiet strength.
Aggie is survived by her three children and eight grandchildren: Nancy Goetz of Corning, NY and her children Matthew, Leigha and Thomas Goetz; Nina Tamrowski, of Syracuse, NY and her children Timothy, Joseph and Liam Rupprecht; and Seth Tamrowski of Pasadena, CA (Van) and their children Will and Harry Tamrowski. Surviving siblings include Susan Hopper (David) of Hamilton, NY; and Douglas Woolley (Julie) of Poughkeepsie, NY. Aggie was predeceased by her parents, and brothers Berne and Jerry. Aggie’s dearest friend Kathryn Fitzsimmons cared for her in the last few months, until compassionate care at Morgan Estates was needed to guide Aggie to her next life. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
There are no calling hours. Aggie’s Memorial Mass will be held Tuesday, December 27, at 10 AM at St. Isidore’s Parish, St. Mary’s church site, Church St., Silver Springs.
Donations in Aggie’s name can be made to the Arts Council of Wyoming County, 31 North Main St. Perry, NY, 14530.
December 27, 2016 : Memorial Mass for Agnes A. Tamrowski at the St. Isidore’s Parish, St. Mary’s Church site - 10:00 AM - Church St., Silver Springs
Dec 26.16 from Nancy Schrader Hough:
Dear Nina, Nancy, and Seth,
It is difficult to find the right words to tell you how sad I am over Aggie's passing. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. I so wanted her to be my sister-in-law. Although we did not see each other much in recent years, I treasured her friendship. I am grateful that I had a chance to see her last year in Castile. Your loss and grief will be shared with many others, but I would like to think that she and Art are happily together again.
Dec 24.16 from Joan York:
My dear sweet Neghbor. Thank you for being part of the village that raised me. The days of Summer Recreation, fun days in your art class learning about texture, the color wheel and drawing a human. Being a substitute teacher for you a few times (thank you for the great plans), and always a smile and wave while we were baking in the sun on our deck. Thank you for my baby shower, and for the pastel drawing of the vineyard I got engaged in. My Aggie original and prized position.
Your children are a legend to your name and in my thoughts and prayers.
Dec 23.16 from Carol Gburek:
To Aggie's family: She and I knew each other such a short time but she made me feel like we had known each other forever. I will always remember her kind heart and her gentle, yet fierce, spirit. She made me laugh and I enjoyed her company. I will truly miss her.
Dec 23.16 from Nancy (Hurlburt) Grand:
Dearest Nancy, Nina and Seth,
I was deeply saddened to read of your mom's passing! She was the BEST teacher I ever had, and your dad was a VERY close second! To this day I can not draw a straight line, but your mom taught me the most valuable lesson I learned in school, as well as in life; that while it is nice to be important, it is always more important to be nice! Mrs. T taught me that I did not have to sacrifice my integrity to be accepted, and that any person who wanted me to compromise my values was not worth having as a friend.
I was so fortunate to run into your mom last summer and thank her in person for lessons taught.
God bless you all. I hope you find comfort in knowing what a difference your mom made in the lives of others... She surely made a BIG difference in mine!!!
Dec 22.16 from Ranae Hanson:
My deepest sympathy and condolences to Aggie's family and friends. We met at Pluta while waiting for treatment and discovered that Aggie and Art had been friends with my in-laws. Our conversations were the best part of the visits there. Aggie was such a beautiful and kind person and I was lucky enough to know her. Until we meet again dear Aggie...xo
Dec 22.16 from Louise Barlow-Haskins:
Aggie and Mr T. were my neighbors while growing up in Castile. They were great fun neighbors and will always remember there pet ducks that use to come over and wander around on our lawn. Both will be missed but they are now together. Condolences to all the kids and grandkids.
Dec 22.16 from Kathryn FitzSimmons:
We shared quite a journey over the past 46 years, my dearest friend. It was my pleasure, honor and delight to be with you, always. We saw it all....the raising of your children, celebration of life, little moments of humor and delight, tears of life's sadness....Most of all, continuity of friendship and love....You are one special lady and one of the most talented people EVER.
Rest in peace and Love, Kathryn