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Charles Lawrence (“Larry”) Osterman, beloved husband and
father, passed away in Columbia, Maryland, on May 3, 2019, at
the age of 86.
Mr. Osterman was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 11,
1932, to George A. and Kathryn Muth Osterman. He graduated
from Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, and served in
the United States Coast Guard, based in Ocean City, MD. After
his service, Larry was employed at St. Mary’s School and Church
in Rockville, Maryland, until he joined his wife, June, to repair
sewing machines and operate J&L Sewing Shoppe in Ellicott City,
Larry was well known for his ability to repair anything. He liked
to tell a story of meeting the love of his life, June, when he found
her car broken down on the side of the road and stopped to repair
it. After their marriage in 1953, June and Larry made their home
in Montgomery County, Maryland (Garrett Park Estates & Olney)
until 1968, when they moved to Glenwood in Howard County.
There, they expanded their stable of horses, an orchard, and their
garden. At times, they also raised chickens, bunnies, and a family
of bichon frise puppies.
Through the years, Larry had a number of hobbies, including
woodworking, ham radio operating, motor boating, eating sweets,
and monitoring police scanners and emergency calls. Larry
enjoyed yearly vacations to Ocean City with his wife and children,
where he tried to get rid of the “farmer’s tan” his short-sleeved
work shirts had left. Larry and June also enjoyed trips to Greece,
Switzerland, and Martinique.
After retiring, the Ostermans moved to Bethany Beach and then
to Bridgeville, Delaware. Prior to retirement, Larry was a
member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Ellicott City and the
Glenwood Lion’s Club.
Larry is predeceased by his loving wife, June Robertson Osterman
(2/28/10), his eldest son, Charles Alan Osterman (2/14/77), and his
four brothers, George, William, Jack, and Richard. He is survived
by two of his children, Terry Osterman Stevenson (Chris), of San
Diego, CA; and Jamie Osterman (Lori), of Laurel, MD, as well as
grandchildren Nicholas, Matthew, and Andrew Osterman of
Laurel, MD; Jenna Stevenson of Los Angeles, CA; Claire
Stevenson of Denver, CO; Danny Stevenson of San Diego, CA;
Dana Richards (John) of Tucson, AZ; and Kelly Barrett of
Silverthorne, CO; and great-grandchildren Adalynn and Josephine Richards
and Pierce and Brynn Barrett.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in
Ellicott City on May 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment
at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville. In lieu of
flowers, contributions in memory of Mr. Osterman can be made to
Gilchrist Hospice @ www.gilchristcares.org.
11311 McCormick Rd #350, Hunt Valley MD 21031