Dorothy L. Osterman, 91, a resident of Sunridge Retirement Community in Pendleton died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002 in Pendleton.
Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Park in McMinnville. Vault interment will be afterward.
Mrs. Osterman was born Sept. 12, 1911, at McMinnville. She was a daughter of Oliver Warren and Dora Ellen Leach Inskeep. Her great-grandfather owned the stage stop at Jordan Valley.
She was raised and educated at McMinnville. She started working for Macy & Son Funeral Home part time during high school. Upon graduation, she went to work full time at Macy’s.
She married Everett Osterman of Lakeview on April 3, 1955. She became a licensed funeral director and together they owned and operated the Ousley Osterman Mortuary at Lakeview.
In 1982, they sold the funeral home to Jim Huffstutter and retired. Everett died on Sept. 5, 1991. At that time, Dorothy moved to Helix where her sister, Lois Coles, resided. She made her home at Helix until 2000 when they moved to the Sunridge Retirement Center.
Mrs. Osterman was very active in Lakeview. She was a member of the Eastern Star, OAE, the Needle Club, Daughter of the Nile, Soroptimist International of Lakeview and a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church.
Dorothy loved to socialize and enjoyed playing bridge with friends. She enjoyed sewing and was an excellent cook. In her later years, she enjoyed reading and visiting with friends and family.
She is survived by her sister, Lois Coles of Pendleton; her daughter, Carole Smerker; grandchildren, Heidi Pasek and Swan Smerker, all of Great Falls, Mont.; nephews and nieces-in-law, Jim and Nancy Coles of Pendleton, Ron and Kathy Coles of Medford, David and Barbara Coles of West Linn and Roger and Dawn Coles of Baker City; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Osterman; brother-in-law, Bernal Coles; and her parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helix Bapist Community Church or to the Women’s Presbyterian Association of Lakeview. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 4, 2002
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor