Theresa M. Osterberg
Wed, 03/14/2018 - 9:54am admin
Theresa Osterberg, age 78, Wall, S.D., died Thursday, March 8, at her home in Wall.
Theresa Marie Whitwer was born February 24, 1940, in Rapid City, South Dakota, the daughter of David Lester and Hazel Marie (Bowar) Whitwer. She grew up in the Wall area and attended elementary school in Wall, Wasta, and a rural school north of Wall when her mom was teaching. Theresa then attended junior high in Wasta and high school in Wall, graduating from Wall High School in 1957. She then attended Black Hills State Teacher’s College in Spearfish, where she earned a BS degree in Education.
Theresa was united in marriage to Otto Boyd “Swede” Osterberg on August 1, 1964, in Wall. They made their home in various places around the country due to Swede’s job of wiring up umbilical assemblies to Minuteman Missiles. During this time, they had two children Waylon and Paulette "Pauli". Theresa taught school in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana, teaching various subjects to both high school and elementary students.
After 22 years in Nebraska, Theresa moved to Wall after her mother’s death in 1997. She began working at Wall Drug in June 1998 and remained there until health reasons forced her to retire in February of 2017.
Theresa was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Wall, and enjoyed talking and working with people at Wall Drug. She also spent much time with her daughter at the Frontier Cabins, and from that time, had several “adopted grandchildren” from all over the world including Jamaica, Slovakia and Poland.
Survivors include her son, Waylon Osterberg, Omaha, Nebraska; her daughter, Paulette "Pauli" Osterberg, Wall; three grandchildren, Sheàlynn and Athey John "A.J." Osterberg and Tacia Osterberg; one sister, Rita Whitwer, Wall; an aunt, Beth Bowar, Medford, Oregon; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, Swede Osterberg in 2001, her mother, Hazel, in 1997, and her father, David, in 1983.
Private family services were held. Interment was at the Wall Cemetery.
Arrangements were with Rush Funeral Home of Wall.