Melvin John Chrostowski
January 14, 1930 - December 28, 2021
Visitation: Thursday, January 6, 2022 12-3 & 5-8; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry
Service: Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 7, 2022 at St Ferdinand Church 11:00 am
Melvin On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, Melvin John Chrostowski passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in his Deep Creek, MD home.
Mel was born on January 14, 1930 as one of five children to parents Joseph and Anna (Koelsch) Chrostowski in Janesville, WI. After attending school, Mel followed his entrepreneurial spirit and his love of music and food as an owner of Midwest Music Store (Janesville, WI), followed by the White Horse Inn (Elkhorn, WI).
Ultimately those opportunities led Mel to his true calling in the roofing industry which started as a sales representative with Tremco. While he was having success working for others, Mel’s drive for wanting more superseded his aversion for risk where he once again decided it was time take ownership of his own path. In 1974, Mel, alongside colleagues Dick Oliver and Doug Raynow purchased Garland Company. Over the next 43 years, Mel, his partners and his team revitalized Garland, turning it into one of the largest employee-owned organizations in the industry. His impact and influence are still felt today with stories and anecdotes from past teammates and colleagues regarding his leadership and guidance.
Personally, Mel was a loyal friend, father and grandfather to so many. He always remained humble and grounded despite his success. His kindness and humor drew people to him. Mel was a lover of wine (Pinot Grigio), cigars, and dogs. He loved being with others and would always be there to listen, counsel and advise. Mel also loved helping others through his generosity and philanthropy. While Mel was formally involved with initiatives such as The Mel Chrostowski Scholarship and the Chrostowski Family Wing at the HART Animal Center, he was there for many others when they needed him.
During ‘retirement’, Mel spent his time at his homes in both Siesta Key, Florida and Deep Creek, Maryland. He opened his homes to countless family members, friends, and colleagues over the years. Anyone who visited Mel at his homes felt immediately welcome and looked forward to their next reunion with Mel.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jean (Comer), sister Leona Warzon and brothers Hank and Bob. Mel is survived by his sister Joyce Benn; daughter Lee Chrostowski of Dunedin, FL, sons Jan and wife Cate of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, Joel and wife Paula of Cranberry Twp, PA, Toby and wife Alex of Moorestown, NJ and Todd of Boston, MA; grandchildren Chad Chrostowski (Holly), Jeff Chrostowski (Michele), Jamie Chrostowski, Jill Durgin (Joe); step-grandchild James Eastley; grandchildren Griffin Chrostowski, Kayla Ford, Valen Chrostowski, Tanner Chrostowski, Kade Chrostowski and Gianna Chrostowski; great-grandchildren Ian Chrostowski, Sean Chrostowski, Emma Chrostowski, Luka Chrostowski, Josie Chrostowski, Penny Durgin and Rex Durgin along with countless family members who loved him dearly.
Friends received Thursday, January 6, 2022 12-3 & 5-8 p.m. at Devlin FuneralHome of Cranberry,2678 Rochester Rd, 724-772-8800. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ferdinand Church Friday, January 7, 2022 at 11:00 am