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Ethel J. Osantowski

1925 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Ethel J. Osantowski Obituary

Ethel J. Osantowski was born August 3, 1925 in Las Animas, Colorado to William J. Setchfield and Ethel J. Setchfield. She was the youngest of seven children. She passed away September 4th at the age of 90 years young.

Growing up in Las Animas, Colorado, she worked as a switchboard operator for the telephone company. She assisted in finding the families of deceased soldiers in WWII. She met and married the love of her life Herbert Osantowski. They eloped in Raton, N.M. in 1947. Both of them continued to work at Fort Lyon, Va. Hospital until they moved to Alamogordo, N.M. in 1955.

Ethel was very active over the years in the St. Jude's Altar Society, Women Who Care, Birthright, Lioness Club, King's Treasure Thrift Store and also managed Father Hay's Thrift Store.

Ethel and Herb were blessed with five children: Dennis, Roger (Cathy), Janet Crowe (Richard), Keith (Imee) and Anita Brooks (Bob). She was very proud of all of her fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Herbert in 2006.

A Rosary, vigil, and visitation will be held on Thursday, September 10 from 5-8 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home. The service will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 11th with interment immediately following at Monte Vista Cemetery. A reception will be at 2 p.m. at Our Country Kitchen, 1201 New York.

In lieu of flowers, should you wish to celebrate Ethel's memory, a donation to Father Hay's Catholic School would be appreciated.

The Osantowski family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 9 to Oct. 8, 2015
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