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Elizabeth M. Osterhaus

Seneca, KS

08/04/1906 - 05/19/2000

Elizabeth M. Osterhaus, 93, of Seneca, KS, died Friday, May 19, 2000, at Crestview Manor care home in Seneca. She had been a resident there since October 1999.

She was born August 4, 1906, on a farm east Baileyvillle, KS, the daughter of August and Mary Macke Huninghake. She grew up and attended school there, and worked for neighbors and friends in the area.

On January 27, 1932, she married John Francis Osterhaus at Sacred Heart Church in Baileyville. They lived and farmed in the Sabetha and Oneida area. Her husband John preceded her in death on August 6, 1959. She and her sons then moved to Oneida for a short time and then to Seneca. She did domestic work in Seneca for many years.

She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Church and St. Ann’s Altar Society at the church in Seneca, where she was very active until her health failed. She loved gardening, her flowers, and being with her family and friends by whom she will be sadly missed.

Survivors are two sons, Leon and Elmer Osterhaus, both of Seneca; a daughter, Leona Nichols of Highland Village, TX, a sister, Ann Osterhaus of Seneca; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers; Herman, Frank, George, Joseph, Henry, Paul, and August Huninghake. Three of her brothers served in World War II, and Henry died in the Normandy invasion. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tracy Osterhaus, on September 5, 1970.

Mass of Christian burial was offerered Monday, May 22, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Seneca. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be given for Sts. Peter & Paul Church, and sent in care of the family.

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