Laura "Kate" Ossola|
Laura Catherine "Kate" Ossola, 86, of Collinsville, Ill., born June 19, 1929, in Greenville Ill., passed away peacefully in the arms of her family at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri after succumbing to injuries sustained from a fall while pruning her Magnolia tree.
Kate was a wonderful homemaker. To say that she lived her life to the fullest until the end would be an understatement. Her mottos were, "I don't want to be alive if I'm not truly living," and "I want to wear it out, not wait it out." An avid golfer who once shot her age, skier, and swimmer into her 80's, she also enjoyed yoga, bike riding, and taking German and Italian classes. Her yard and garden were her treasures, and she worked tirelessly to make them more beautiful day by day. Family was everything to Kate; she nurtured her children and was the grandmother of all grandmothers, playing an active role in their lives right up to her passing day. With her youthful attitude and beaming smile, she was an inspiration to everyone she touched, young and old.
Kate and Joseph P. Ossola were married Nov. 11, 1950, and enjoyed 65 years together until his passing on June 14, 2015. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Alice, nee Craig, Nevinger.
Surviving are her five children, Kenneth J. (Mary Jane) Ossola of Northville Mich., Christine K. Clark of Collinsville Ill., Daniel P. Ossola of Edwardsville Ill., Joseph O. (Kelly) Ossola of Collinsville Ill., and James J. (Megan) Ossola of Telluride Colo.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Don (Jane) Nevinger of Collinsville Ill.; a sister, Ruth Spaniel of Shiloh Ill.; and nine nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Willoughby Farm or to Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and will be accepted at the church or may be mailed to Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 N. Center Street, Maryville Ill. 62062. For condolences, go to barrywilsonfuneralhome.com
Funeral: A celebration of life mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016, at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, Ill., with Father John Beveridge officiating.
Following the celebration mass on Monday, family and friends are invited to a reception from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Willoughby Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane in Collinsville, Ill. (casual outdoor attire).
BARRY WILSON FUNERAL HOME, Maryville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 5, 2016