M. Edward Osterried, 93, of Oil City, formerly of Clarion, died Saturday, July 6, 2014, at Oakwood Heights Nursing Home in Oil City where he had resided the last two months due to declining health.
Born July 28, 1920 in Lucinda, he was the son of Martin J. and Mary E. Reynolds Osterried.
Mr. Osterried was a 1939 graduate of Clarion High School. He entered the U.S. Army
in 1942, serving all throughout the European Campaign with the rank of sergeant. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars
and the World War II
Victory Medal. He was a sharp-shooter with rifle and pistol.
He married Anastasia C. Snyder of Snydersburg on his bride's birthday, May 21, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lucinda. She preceded him in death on June 19, 2013.
During Mr. Osterried's career as a bookkeeper, he worked for numerous Clarion area businesses such as Alexander Men's Shop, Tri Motor Co. and Laughlin Freas Motor Co. before entering the Army. After returning home, he worked for Freas Motor Co., R&H Trucking Corp. and George Wolf Pennzoil. He retired in 1983 from Selker Bros. Mobil distributor after 23 years. He was also known in the community for setting up bookkeeping systems for numerous businesses as well as doing dozens and dozens of tax returns for many years.
Mr. Osterried was a member of the Clarion Immaculate Conception Church and the Catholic Knights of St. George. He had served as a church usher for 41 years and had been a member of the Board of Directors of the Immaculate Conception Cemetery for over 20 years.
He loved his Chryslers and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. After his retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Osterried enjoyed bus trips with their friends. They had been members of the Fiddle-A-Round Square Dance Club in Clarion. His greatest enjoyment was visiting with his family.
Survivors include four children, Thomas E. (Carol) Osterried of Lucinda, Robert J. Osterried (Donna Thornburg) of Clarion, Susann Osterried of Seneca, and Mary E. (David R. Jr.) Cyphert of Oil City; 10 grandchildren, Dawn Kennison (Clarence Marsh), Kevin Osterried (Julie McGonigle), Matthew Osterried (Bridget Cohlhepp), Robert (Molly) Osterried, Brian (Michelle) Osterried, David Osterried, Jeffrey Shay (Lacey Hotchkiss), Emily Shay, David R. Cyphert III, and Dylan Cyphert; four great-grandchildren, Zakkery Kennison, Katherine Osterried, Abigail Osterried and Alayna Osterried; five sisters-in-law, Norma Jean Heinrich of Clarion, Margaret "Peg" Bauer of Crown, Lois Scott of Marienville, Willavene "Whoopie" Snyder of Snydersburg and Ruth Snyder of Lucinda; and a brother-in-law, David Bowen of Leeper.
In addition to his parents and his wife of 66 years, he was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Mary Osterried; his sisters-in-law, Imelda "Med" Griebel and Phyllis Bowen; and his brothers-in-law, Gerard "Pete" Snyder, Leon Snyder, William "Bill" Snyder, Kenneth "Ken" Snyder, Eugene "Hughie" Snyder, John "Jack" Snyder, and Francis C. Snyder Jr.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home in Clarion.
Military honors will be accorded at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, in the funeral home by the American Legion Post 66 of Clarion.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Clarion, with the Rev. Charles Schmitt presiding.
Interment will be held in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Osterried's honor to
, 320 Bilmar Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15205; Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County, 176 E Bissell Avenue Oil City, PA 16301; or a
Online condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.rvburnsfuneralhome.com.