Barbara M. Ossman, 86, of Tower City, PA entered into God’s kingdom on April 4, 2023.
She was born on March 6, 1937 in Valley View, PA to the late Irvin I. Shadle and Mabel R. Keister Shadle. She was preceded in death by her husband Clifford Ossman and eight siblings. Barbara served honorably in the Women’s Army Corps and was a graduate of the former Higgins Township High School in 1955. Barbara worked at Ft. Indiantown Gap, New Cumberland Army Depot and Mechanicsburg Navy Department, retiring with 25 years of federal service in 2003. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Reinerton, PA.
Barbara is survived by her twin daughters Martha (Dennis) Shepard, Margaret (Larry) Mackowiak and her son, Lance Ossman. She was a loving grandmother to eight grandchildren; James Shepard, Jaclyn Shepard, Kevin Shepard, Paul (Kyler) Mackowiak, Kevin (Ashley) Mackowiak, Matthew Mackowiak, Timothy Mackowiak and Aaron Ossman. She was also blessed to have four great-grandsons, twins Alex and Austin LaBrake, Landon Maloney, and Lincoln Mackowiak. She is also survived by her remaining sibling, Arlene Hurtzel of York Haven, PA.
Barbara was active in her church, singing in the choir. She loved to play the piano and was known for telling corny jokes. Those who knew her often called her a “spitfire” because of her high energy and quick wit.
A memorial service for Barbara will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 AM at Dimon Funeral Home, Tower City, PA. Visitation will be held from 10-11. Burial with military honors will be Monday, May 1 at 9:30 AM at Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA.
Memorial contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1931 Wiconisco St, Tower City, PA 17980.
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