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Gloria Fern Osterling

October 25, 1931 — July 19, 2022

Gloria Fern Osterling, age 90, of Richland passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, July 19, 2022. Gloria was born in Plainwell, Michigan on October 25, 1931, the daughter of Glenn M. and Fern J. (Norris) Cutler and graduated from Augusta High School with the Class of 1949 and also graduated from the Bronson Methodist School of Nursing in 1952. Over the next 60 years, Gloria served as an RN at Bronson & Borgess Hospitals, the VA Medical Center, Kellogg's, and various physician's offices.

Gloria married Carl Fred Osterling at the Augusta United Methodist Church on October 11, 1952; he sadly preceded her in death on October 27, 2021. She is survived by her daughters, Ellen (Philip) VanHammen of Traverse City, Maria (David) Schmit of Indiana, and Elaine (John) Severson of North Muskegon; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Osterling of Galesburg; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and her brothers, John and Bill. Gloria was also sadly preceded in death by her sons, Bradley in 1980 and Brian in February of this year; an infant daughter; her parents; and her brothers, Robert and Glenn.

Gloria was an active member of the Gull Lake United Methodist Church, where she sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the Bronson Alumni Association and the Accordion Club. She loved working as a nurse, baking cookies for her grandkids and the church, dancing with Carl, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

Inurnment services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 28th at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, and a memorial service to celebrate her life will follow at 12:00 noon, Thursday at the Gull Lake United Methodist Church 8640 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083. A luncheon and visitation will follow the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gull Lake United Methodist Church or Centrica Care Navigators. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

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Inurnment

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Fort Custer National Cemetery

15501 W Dickman Rd, Augusta, MI 49012

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Gull Lake United Methodist Church

8640 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083

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