Theodosia M.  Ostmeier
SIDNEY - Theodosia M. Ostmeier passed away on Jan. 19, 2020, with her family by her side.
She spent the happiest days of her life laughing, loving and living with her family and friends; grateful for the time she had, knowing every day was precious.
Her family was her life. She spent her time making memories with her three beloved daughters, Kelly M. Ostmeier and husband, Chris Lieb of Sidney, Shannon Ostmeier and Ken Deming of Ballston Spa and Erin Kraiza and husband, Adam of Unadilla. Her greatest joy came from her grandchildren, Evan and Ella Kraiza of Unadilla and Grace Ostmeier of Ballston Spa. They were the center of her world and the lights of her life.
"Theo," as she was known by, was born in Moultrie, Georgia, on March 8, 1940, to Lucy E. Connor (Ladson) and Benedict Connor. They predeceased her in 2010 and 1998 respectively.
With her parents, she arrived in Sidney in 1946, relocating here after World War II.
She was tall and graceful and was known for her dancing and ballet in her youth, performing at many community events over the years.
She graduated from Sidney High School in 1958 and later became employed at Whitaker and Son, working in the office.
She met and married John M.F. Ostmeier and then relocated several times, wherever her husband's jobs sent them.
In 1983, her family moved back to Sidney and eventually she got a job at the Sidney DMV office, retiring in 2002.
John predeceased her in 2012.
In her latter years, she looked forward to seeing her friends every day at Sidney Senior Meals in Sidney Civic Center. Their kindness and generosity meant so much to her.
She made many new special friendships this past year as being part of the Helios Care family, (formerly known as Catskill Area Hospice). She loved all of you for loving and caring for her and to each member (you know who you are), she was eternally grateful.
Theo and her family found an "angel among us" and words cannot express the love and gratitude they share for Donna Ladner and her husband, Marvin. You have been such a blessing.
Friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Sacred Heart Church, 15 Liberty St., Sidney.
Graveside services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Helios Care, 297 River St. Service Road, Suite 1A, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Be kind. Be generous. Laugh often. Love always.
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Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on January 21, 2020


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Patricia Hall
Jan 24, 2020
I send my deepest sympathy to Theo's family. Though we had lost touch for many years, she and I were best buddies when we were nine, ten, eleven years old. We rode our bikes up and down Delaware Street, played endless games of croquet in my back yard at 55 W. Main St. and played dress-up at Theo's house. Good memories...