Kathryn L. Osterman

Kathryn L. Osterman, age 96. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children, Carol (Donald) Paul, Faye Pinkston Osterman, Lola (Eugene) Mroz, Judith Osterman, Gail (Kenneth) Spotts and Robert Osterman. Beloved grandmother of fifteen, great-grandmother of 26 and great-great grandmother of four best replica watches. Survived by sisters, Ardath (Chuck) Calzaretta and Gloria (Albert) Florence and brother, Jerry Graffis, sister-in-law Viola (Carl) Strupeck, brother-in-law Raymond (Ginny) Osterman. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Carl Osterman, Sr., son, Carl Osterman, Jr., granddaughter Rachael Spotts, great-grandsons, Brandon and Michael Paul, sisters Dorothy (Sam) Haynes, Helen (Rusty) Florence, Marion (Gene) Kenny and brothers Arthur (Dolly)Graffis Jr., Ralph (Mary) Graffis and Robert Bruce (Karen) Graffis. Kathryn, daughter of Arthur, Sr. and Lola Graffis, was born in Galesburg, IL, the oldest of 10 children and moved to Chicago as a young girl. After marrying Carl in 1936, they resided in Chicago until 1941 when they moved to Burbank, IL. They moved to Orland Park in 1968 and lived there until Carl's passing; Kathryn then went to live at Smiths Crossing. As a lifelong advocate of education, Kathryn was very supportive of the Garden School for children with learning disabilities in Stickney Township. In 1978, she began working as a recruiter in the Office of Academic Services for Western Illinois University. She assisted hundreds of under prepared students complete their degrees through her efforts in OAS. She was a woman of uncommon inner strength and a gracious manner. Her creativity in sewing couture clothes - including each of her daughters' wedding dresses, decorating her home, and painting in watercolors inspired all those who knew her. Kathryn always had a garden, from the Victory Garden of WWII that helped feed her family to the lovingly landscaped homes in Orland Park. She was an excellent cook and the extended family still calls the cookies she was famous for "Aunt Kathryn's chocolate chip cookies". She was an irreplaceable woman of intelligence, charm and beauty. Visitation Friday 4-8 P.M. Funeral Saturday 8:45 A.M. from Lawn Funeral Home, 7732 W. 159th St., Orland Park to St. Michael Church Mass 9:30 A.M. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter at 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631 or Trinity Foundation at 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451 would be appreciated. Funeral Info: 708 429-3200 <iframe id="tukios_player_512x330" allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="330" scrolling="no" src="" width="512"></iframe>

4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 6, 2014
Lawn Funeral Home - Orland Park
7732 W. 159th St.
Orland Park, IL 60462 (Map/Directions)

9:30 A.M. on Saturday, June 7, 2014
St. Michael Church
14327 Highland Ave
Orland Park, IL 60462 (Map/Directions)

Good Shepherd Cemetery
16201 S. 104th Ave
Orland Park, IL 60467 (Map/Directions)