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Roberta Ochsner

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Heaven has a new angel. Roberta Marie Ochsner passed peacefully away of natural causes on August 7, 2016. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and nurse who spent her life nurturing and caring for others.

Preceded in death by her parents Paul and Irene Osborn, and her brother Paul Osborn Jr., she is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Ronald W. Ochsner, and her two children David W. Ochsner and Teryl Ann Ochsner-Larson, who blessed her with a full and loving family: a daughter-in-law Sherri Ochsner, a son-in-law Mark Larson, three grandchildren-Erica Larson-Caraccioli, Curtis Larson, and Michael Ochsner-Erica's husband Scott Caraccioli and their son, Roberta's great-grandchild, Rocco Caraccioli.

Roberta was a happy, kind, loving woman. She had beautiful eyes, an infectious smile, and a unique gift for helping others. She decided to become a nurse at the age of only 15. After graduating from Sweetwater High School, Roberta attended the Cottage Hospital's Knapp College of Nursing in Santa Barbara, CA, and it was there, in the downtown library, where she met the love of her life: Ronnie.

Ronnie was attending UC Santa Barbara, and when he saw Roberta for the first time he knew he had to meet her...And so began their life together. Shortly after Roberta graduated from nursing school she and Ronnie got married at Glen Abby's Little Chapel of Roses in Bonita, CA. Over half a century later, the two celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

Roberta and Ronnie first lived in Pacific Grove, CA while Ronnie completed his Army training at Fort Ord. After training, Ronnie was sent to Germany, where he and Roberta lived for the next two years. After Ronnie completed his military service, he and Roberta settled in San Diego, CA. It was there they raised their two children, David and Teryl. Ron and Roberta spent their last 32 years in Rancho San Diego, enjoying family and friends.

When her children were young, Roberta enjoyed her time as Girl Scout Troup Leader, organizing and participating in countless scout activities and outings. One particular summer, during a Girl Scout Summer Camp in the mountains, she was the only nurse for the entire camp, exhaustively fulfilling her duties as health provider to all camp members.

Roberta also enjoyed the yearly vacations the Ochsner family embarked upon. They would visit Tahoe, where Ronnie's brother lived, and often drove up the California coast, first staying with family in Tustin, then spending time in Santa Barbara and Cannel, and from there driving up to Napa Valley and Sacramento. Roberta loved to have picnics and walk along the shores of Coronado, Mission Beach, La Jolla, and Del Mar. She delighted in visiting small beach shops and listening to live music at Seaport Village, and always admired the art festivals at Balboa Park.

For 50 years Roberta enjoyed a long and fulfilling career as a Registered Nurse. She worked at the San Diego County Adoption Agency, San Diego Hospice center, and many hospitals and nursing homes throughout the San Diego area; she served in the San Diego Trauma Prevention Program and became manager of the Horizon Hospice in Poway; she aided support groups of the and, at Shadow Mountain Church, served as Lay Counselor for the Alzheimer's Support Group; finally, in her later years, Roberta organized and co-founded the Elder Option's Placement Agency, which provided seniors in need with crucial nursing care.

If anyone can be deemed a lover of humanity, it would be Roberta Ochsner.

A celebration of her life will be held at Glen-Abby Cemetery's Little Chapel of Roses in Bonita, CA on August 17 at 1pm.

Instead of flowers, we will accept donations for the San Diego .

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 15, 2016
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