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Open Visitation

Wednesday May 1st, 2019
12:00pm - 8:00pm

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Family Present

Wednesday May 1st, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Funeral Service

Thursday May 2nd, 2019

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Bethel Cemetery
Thursday May 2nd, 2019

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Christa Oshel

Christa Kathe Oshel was born August 3, 1943 at Heidelberg, Germany. Her parents were Martin and Ludwig Ortwein.

Christa lived in Germany and worked at a paper production factory. She met Larry Oshel, who was stationed in Germany. They were married in Germany and while Larry served in the US Army, they would go to a United States base only to return to an Army Base in Germany. They enjoyed living in Germany. After Larry retired in 1980, they moved to Diagonal, Iowa where she has since lived. Christa enjoyed traveling and made several trips back to Germany to visit family and friends.

Christa worked at Taylor Fiberglass in Diagonal for over 20 years and worked for several years in the laundry department at Clearview Homes in Mount Ayr. Christa most of all loved being a grandma. She will be remembered as the “world’s greatest grandma!”

Christa passed away on April 29, 2019 at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Gunter Ortwein.

Survivors include her husband Larry Oshel of Diagonal; son Tony (Kris Davis) Oshel of Diagonal; daughter Susie Oshel & friend Tiffany of Diagonal; grandchildren Raphael Coulthard, Tara Oshel, Amanda & Leigh Davis, Madeline & Claire Oshel, Silva & Callum Oshel; sister Ursula Bertsch of Mannheim, Germany; several in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services:  10:00 a.m. - Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr

Officiant: Pastor Mike Maddy

Open Viewing: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wed, May 1

Family Present: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Wed, May 1 at Armstrong Funeral Home

Burial: Bethel Cemetery – Diagonal

Memorials: In her name to be determined later

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My sincere sympathy to Larry Dale and family! May God surround you with his love and grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time! God bless!

Jackie Oshel Luther Apr 30 2019 12:00 AM