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CHARLES HENRY OESTMANN

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Charles Henry Oestmann Charles Henry Oestmann passed peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in his home at Luther Village in Arlington Heights. Memorial visitation will begin Saturday, Oct. 6, at 12:30 p.m., with services at 1:30 p.m. at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, 1301 S. Grove Ave., Barrington, IL 60010. Born Oct. 13, 1920, in Chicago, IL, to Charles and Harriet (nee Stoltenberg) Oestmann, Chuck was the eldest of four children. Charles is survived by his loving children, Jim (Mary) Oestmann of Burlington, WI, Janie Oestmann Stark of Dallas, TX and Beth (Tom) Hutchison of Arlington Heights; nine grand-children, Kristin (Russ) Mandel, Kim (Mike) Thompson, Taylor (fiancee, Nicole Knopick) Stark, Garrett Stark, Eric (Ashley) Hutchison, Drew (Ema) Hutchison, Lindsay (Andy) Reimink, Jill (Bryan) Van Soelen and Reid (Caroline) Hutchison; great-grandchildren, Jenna and Jillian Mandel, and Anastasia, Bella and Ezekiel Hutchison; a sister, Harriet Vause of San Diego, CA; and many nieces, nephews and friends at Luther Village and St. Augustine, FL. Chuck was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Jane in 2007; his sister, Mary Jane in 2006 and her twin, Betty Jane on July 24, 2012. Chuck graduated from Duke University, where he met the love of his life, Mary Jane Clark. They were married on Aug. 19, 1944, in West Palm Beach, FL, where he was stationed in the Navy. Chuck and Mary Jane lived in the city of Chicago with their special friends at 550 Surf St., until they moved to Arlington Heights, where they raised their family. Retiring to St. Augustine, FL, they enjoyed many years on the beach and entertained family and friends. Chuck was in the advertising sales business until he started his own food industry magazine in 1966: "Food Product Development." His artistic and acting talents took him to study at the Art Institute in Chicago and on to the stage at Duke University. He loved being on the water, taking daily walks on the beach for many years. He loved gardening, Duke basketball, listening to big band music and worshiping Jesus. Chuck and Mary Jane were charter members of Church of the Incarnation in Arlington Heights. Most recently Chuck was an enthusiastic greeter at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Barrington. Being ever the gentleman, Chuck made good friends at Luther Village and his 1940s music will be missed in the hallways of the 2nd floor of the Arlington Building. Thanks to all who cared for him in these recent months in big and small ways. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010 or The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, 1330 N. Douglas Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004, and will be matched by the family. The family was assisted by Christian Funeral Home, 800-910-6000.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2012
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