Elsie Marie (Gilbertson) Osinski

Elsie Marie (Gilbertson) Osinski, 79, of Williamsburg and formerly of Cape May Point, N.J., died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on September 4, 2012.
Elsie was born on Christmas morning in Brooklyn, NY in 1932 to Astrid and Olaf Gilbertson, both of Norwegian descent. She went to Jersey City Medical School to become a nurse and after graduation worked as a Pan American Airline Stewardess. Her nurse's training aided her in saving a baby's life on a trip across the ocean where she asked the pilot to land in Iceland to take the baby to the hospital.
Elsie worked as a staff nurse, a director of nursing, and for the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals. She traveled the world and went to almost every state in our country.
Elsie met her husband of 56 years, Joe, when he a New Jersey State Policeman came into the hospital in which she worked. They were married six months after they met and their love and devotion to each other remained constant throughout their years together.
Elsie will be remembered most for her fun-loving spirit and unending generosity, love, and energy. When Elsie was 4 years old her parents worked very hard to give her a special doll for Christmas. Elsie loved this doll, but within a week, upon seeing another child in her neighborhood who looked forlorn and sad, Elsie handed her doll to her. This kind of generosity was not uncommon for Elsie, it was a part of who she was.
Elsie is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph Osinski and her daughters, Carol-Jo Osinski and Susan Osinski Morelli, her son-in-law, Eugene Morelli, and her granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Joanna Morelli. She is also survived by her brother Stanley Gilbertson, and sister Taffy Clark. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents Astrid and Olaf Gilbertson and her infant daughter, Joy.
Elsie filled up a room with her enthusiasm for life. She was a positive, bright light in our world. A poem written by Elsie's granddaughter, Joanna Morelli best describes our Elsie.
My favorite flower is different from them all, however-
in fact, I'm not sure what kind of flower she is; unlike all and perfectly unique.
She sways in the sun, dodging from here to there,
golden and silver silk petals sprout from her,
and she has a heart like no other-
singing, talking, keeping me company.

She never ceases to share water, too- how generous!
She visits us often, but I love her best.
She is my favorite of the flowers,
the most beautiful of all.

Published in Virginia Gazette from Sept. 14 to Oct. 13, 2012