Last week, I wrote about families whose histories have deep roots in the village of Riverside. I’m familiar with this week’s family, but I didn’t realize how long they’d been here in the village.

I have known Greg and Dawn (Leoni) Ostrowski for a number of years, but I was surprised how long their families have been in town when Dawn Ostrowski sent me information on her family.

The story begins with the Ostrowski-Marhoul-Textrum family whose members now are fifth generation Riversiders.

Dr. Florian Ostrowski a prominent doctor in Cicero, moved his family to 273 Blackhawk Road in the 1920s. Florian had a son, Fabian, who was also a doctor. In the late 1940s Florian Ostrowski moved his family to Kent Road to a home which is still in the family. It’s the home of Greg and Dawn Ostrowski, who have resided there for 49 years. 

Fabian Ostrowski was father of Greg and Thea. Thea Ostrowski is married to Paul Marhoul, and they are also residents of the village. 

The Marhoul children — Joel, Andrew and Marissa — have been active members of the community. Joel Marhoul has been on the board of the Riverside Swim Club and currently is a member of the Riverside School District 96 Board of Education. Meanwhile, Marissa (Marhoul) Textrum teaches at Ames School. 

Greg and Dawn Ostrowski were active with their children’s school organizations and Dawn served as president of the Riverside Brookfield High School Educational Foundation.

Jason Ostrowski, the son of Greg and Dawn, who grew up attending Riverside schools also now resides on Bartram Road with his family. Together with Jason’s kids and the Marhoul kids, that makes five generations in Riverside.  Eight kids of Generation 5 attend five different Riverside schools.

I now have another family I can add to my list of longtime residents, including those who continue to live in a longtime family home, which I always find interesting. 

If only the walls could talk, we would learn more about the village of Riverside and those who helped shape its history.

More stories to come later, I hope.