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Jane Osterman

December 29, 1923 — December 23, 2012

Jane Osterman

Funeral Service for Jane Osterman, age 88, of Wheaton, Minnesota will be held Friday, December 28, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton with Pastor Michael Breach officiating. Pallbearers will be Janes grandchildren: Mashaila Ritter, Darren Levitt, Mike Ritter, Tanya Conroy-Pittman, Josh Pittman, Tomy Osterman and Christian Levitt. Organist will be Theresa Thiel. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, rural Wheaton. Visitation will be held Friday one hour prior to services at the church. Jane passed away on Sunday morning, December 23, 2012 at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton. Jane Downie Quinn was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 29th of December, 1923, the daughter of James and Marion Quinn, one of six children. She was baptized on the 15th of January, 1924, at Guthrie Memorial Congregational Church in Glasgow, Scotland by Rev. A.E. Halliday. She graduated from school at the age of 16. She grew up in a family of ship builders and survived a World War. By trade Jane was a Tailor making Scottish kilts. On February 3rd, 1951 Jane left her family & all that she knew in Scotland, boarded the RMS Scythia, a Cunard White Star ship and came to America. On the East Coast Jane worked in a Jewelry factory making beautiful jewelry, until meeting Lyle and moving from the city to the country. She was united in marriage to Lyle Martin Osterman on July 5th, 1953, at Zion Lutheran Church in Parnell Township by Rev. Albert Gierke. Jane was confirmed on December 30, 1953 at Zion Lutheran Church in Parnell Township by Rev. Albert Gierke. Her confirmation verse was 1 Corinthians 3:9. Lyle and Jane lived on the Osterman family farm in Walls Township, Traverse County, farming and raising hogs and poultry. To this union they were blessed with two children; James and Carol. Lyle and Jane were blessed with 51 years of marriage before Lyle's passing away December 5, 2004. Jane enjoyed her time on the farm, after retiring from farming in the mid 80's Lyle and Jane moved to Wheaton right next to Pearson Elementary School. She was an avid reader and loved to sew for many people in the community, especialy for her grandchildren. She made beautiful quilts for her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. For mission projects at church she made cloth school bags. She loved to play bingo and watch the Minneota Twins. Attending a Twins game with Carol was a great memory. Jane was the best baker on earth. She always had fresh cookies and banana bread. Being so close to the elementary school, Mashaila, Tanya and Tomy always went to visit Grandma and Grandpa after school and have some of grandma's goodies. Even great grandson James just lived up the street and he loved to have tea and sugar cookies with her. Grandsons Darren and Christian would come and spend summer time with them. They looked forward to seeing their grandchildren. During the flood in 1997 in Grand Forks, Christian came and stayed with grandpa and grandma and went to school here. Jane was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and the Elizabeth Circle. Jane went home to Scotland three times in 1972, 1986 and 1992 to visit family and friends. James and Jean went home with her in 1992 to meet family and her home country. Jane moved to the Traverse Care Center in 2007 and stayed until her death on December 23, 2012. Jane will be lovingly missed by her family. Jane is survived by two children: James (Jean) Osterman of Wheaton and Carol Osterman of Bloomington, Minnesota; five grandchildren: Mashaila (Mike) Ritter of Johnson, Minnesota; Tanya (Josh) Conroy-Pittman of Wheaton; Thomas Osterman of Wheaton; Darren Levitt of Galesburg, North Dakota and Christian Levitt of Galesburg, North Dakota; four great-grandchildren: James Conroy, Coby Dronen Levitt, Ethan Levitt and Cole Pittman. Jane was preceded in death by her husband Lyle, her parents, brothers: James, Bill & Tomy, sisters Agnes and Marian.
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