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Dixie Lee O𠆜onnell, 78

  Dixie Lee O𠆜onnell passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at Wellspring Lutheran Services; age 78 years.  Dixie Lee Osterman was born on June 3, 1938 in Flint, MI to the late James and Helen Osterman. 
  Dixie had wonderful memories growing up and spending the summers with her grandparents at Houghton Lake.  She attended EMT classes at Delta College where she earned her Associates Degree.  She also worked as a caregiver with Frankenmuth Ambulance, at the Saginaw Civic Center for shows and taught Red Cross classes.  Dixie was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Reese and was also a member of the American Legion of Frankenmuth for 19 years.
  Dixie enjoyed many hobbies including bingo, painting, ceramics, crafts, writing letters and collecting trinkets such as eagles, churches and angels. She traveled to New York, California, and lived in Arkansas for six years and Texas for six months.  She enjoyed listening to saxophone music and kept track of sporting teams such as the Pistons and the Tigers.  She played softball for a long time and then went on to coach 14- and 15-year-old girls.  She spent a lot of time bowling and she loved to dance at the Music Box in Prudenville, Michigan.  Her favorite book was the Bible and she held Bible study classes in her home one night a week for many years.  Dixie enjoyed the company of cats and helped care for them at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Frankenmuth, where she resided for the past nine years.  The family would like to thank the Wellspring Lutheran Care staff for their loving care and comfort of Dixie over that time.  
  Dixie’s favorite thoughts and tips were when you feel down, turn to the Word of God.  She felt that God would get you through anything and stated, “People close the door on you, but God opens the window.”  Dixie would most like to be remembered for loving people as well as her fun days of dancing at the Music Box up north with her cousin, Roma.  
  Surviving her are her four children and their spouses:  David (Shelley) O𠆜onnell, Timothy (Veronica) O𠆜onnell, John (Bonnie) O𠆜onnell and Pamela (Jeff) Mossner; her grandchildren Jason, Krista, John, Milena (Jake Carter), Andy (Cassie), Katie, McCauley, Madi and one great-granddaughter, Paige; and her brother, James (Dora) Osterman.
  Besides her parents, Dixie was preceded in death by her grandparents: Evelyn and Frank Osterman, and Harry and Helen Blower.  
  Services and committal will be private.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth.   In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the O𠆜onnell Family, c/o Pam Mossner, to be dispersed by the family to Dixie’s favorite charities.  Please sign the guest book or share an online condolence with the family at


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