Adrian Daily Telegram, Monday, February 18, 2008, pg 2A
Marguerite C. (Libs) VanOsselaer Obit
AUSTIN, Texas — Marguerite C. Van Osselaer, age 95, died peacefully on Feb. 15, 2008, in Austin, Texas.
Marguerite Libs was born on Nov. 2, 1912, in Adrian, Mich., as the eldest daughter of Joseph P. and Catherine Libs. She graduated in 1934 from Siena Heights College in Adrian. She taught in public schools in Detroit and Adrian. Later, after raising her children in Indianapolis, New York and Houston, she returned to teaching in Houston. She was an eighth-grade teacher at St. Cecilia’s Catholic School, until her retirement in 1978. She and her husband, Maurice, were founding members of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston, where she was a member until her move to Austin in 2002, to be with her family.
Marguerite celebrated living through love of her faith, her family and people. In her retirement years, she continued her life-long interest in current events and reading and enjoyed seeing the world through the eyes and interests of her children and grandchildren. Nothing celebrated life more for Marguerite than a family gathering.
Marguerite was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Van Osselaer, in December 2000. They had celebrated 53 years of marriage and he remained the love of her life. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Chuck and Ed, and by two sisters, Ruth and Irene.
Marguerite is survived by her sons, Paul Van Osselaer and his wife, Jewel, and Tom Van Osselaer and his wife, Gena, all of Austin, Texas. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Andrew, Leigh, Victoria and Trevor Van Osselaer. Also surviving are sisters Rita Turnwald and Rose Scott and brother George Libs, all of Adrian, Mich., along with many nieces and nephews.
Since 2005, Marguerite has been a resident of The Summit of Westlake Hills nursing facility in Austin, where she continued to make friends and share her love of life. The family wishes to thank the nurses and all of the staff of The Summit for the wonderful care and love extended to Marguerite and to her family. They made it a true home. Finally, the family wishes to thank the team from Hospice Austin, for their care in her final days, and to thank St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, whose members embraced Marguerite in loving faith.
Visitation for Mrs. Van Osselaer will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home in Houston, with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass for Mrs. Van Osselaer will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be considered in Marguerite’s memory to Hospice Austin (www.hospiceaustin.org), 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78759, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.