Obituary | Joan E. Ostermann
Joan E. Ostermann passed away on May 1 from complications from a brief illness. She was 83 years old.
She was born in New Orleans on Oct. 18, 1928, the daughter of Dr. Leon and Virginia Parker. Her family later moved to California, where she spent the majority of her life. She attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, Mills College in Oakland, and graduated from San Jose State University with a teaching credential. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Daly City and later moved to San Jose, where she taught in the Evergreen School District for more than 20 years. She deeply cared about advancing her studentsand#8217; knowledge, and went out of her way to challenge and motivate her students at every level.
She met her husband, Hans, when he first arrived to the United States from Germany, following World War II. Joan was the first person he met getting off the train. They were married 61 years.
She moved to Truckee in the mid 1980s, where she spent the rest of her life. She loved Truckee and was an active member of the community. Her generous spirit was reflected in her volunteer work. Joan was a proud member of the American Association of University Women, and drove for Meals on Wheels for more than six years. An avid reader, she loved sharing her passion for learning with others, participating in book clubs, volunteering as a classroom assistant, working as a private academic tutor in the community and as an English literacy tutor.
Joan loved connecting with people. She was outgoing, optimistic, young at heart, and had a playful spirit. Her presence brightened the lives of those around her. She is survived by her husband, Hans; her sons, Steve and Brent; daughters in law, Harriet and Diana; and her grandchildren, Laura and Neil.
Services will be private.
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