February 8, 1928 - May 23, 2021
Helen Arline Ossiander, 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Corvallis on May 23, 2021. She is survived by her son Neal Ossiander (Maria), daughter Mina Ossiander (Gary Egbert), son Eric Ossiander (Magdalene Atem-Ossiander), daughter Greta McAlister (Kelley), son Glen Ossiander (Debbie), daughter-in-law Deborah Ossiander, fifteen grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Ossiander and son Jay Ossiander. Helen was born on a farm near Independence Oregon to Ray and Estella Jones. She was one among twelve siblings, of whom only her two younger sisters Rita Alborn and Twila Coday survive. Her childhood memories included walking miles to school barefoot and stealing time to read while tending the wood stove during canning season. After graduating from Yamhill Union High School in 1946, she attended Oregon State College, graduating with a degree in chemistry. In 1950 as she completed her degree, she married Frank Ossiander and after graduation moved with him to the tri-cities area in Washington. She worked as a chemist at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, but was forced to leave the workforce when she became pregnant with her first child. Throughout her following life she was a proponent of women’s rights. She and Frank raised six children while moving from Washington to Kansas while Frank worked for Boeing Aircraft. They then moved the family back to the Pacific Northwest where Frank worked as a statistician for ADF&G in Juneau and for NOAA in Seattle. Helen took particular pride in growing, gathering, and preserving food for her family. For decades she tended a large garden and, when her family was young, baked multiple batches of hand-kneaded bread weekly. Her traditional lifestyle was rooted in her sense of the importance of independence and personal responsibility; she felt that one can provide life's necessities through hard work alone. She was a sudoku and crossword puzzle whiz and an avid reader who instilled a deep respect for education in all her children and grandchildren. She delighted in her grandchildren, and believed all children are good at heart. After Frank’s retirement, she and Frank moved to northeastern Washington, where they hand-built a house overlooking Lake Roosevelt and were active volunteers in Citizens for a Clean Columbia. She and Frank returned to Corvallis in 2003, where she continued to live following Frank’s death in 2010. She was proudly independent and active until the last months of her life.
Helen Arline Ossiander, 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Corvallis on May 23, 2021. She is survived by her son Neal Ossiander (Maria), daughter Mina Ossiander (Gary Egbert), son Eric Ossiander (Magdalene Atem-Ossiander), daughter Greta... View Obituary & Service Information
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