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Gloria J. Osgood

Gloria passed away Friday, October 9, 2020 at her home in Otsego.

She was born May 11, 1938 in Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of Paul and Margaret (VanderVoort) Esmay. Gloria spent the last few years caring for her husband, Harold who passed away in November 2019. She then reached out to others in her church family and in the community. Gloria was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego for many years and was active in the choir, Ladies Guild and with other senior members.

She was a volunteer for the National Park Service for 15 years serving in Yellowstone National Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline and Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. She also volunteered at the Allegan Youth Home and at Gryphon Place in Kalamazoo. On June 19, 1960 in Three Rivers she married Harold Osgood.

Surviving are her children, Esther (Walter) Clark, Phillip (Julie) Osgood and Kathy (Joe) Kokmeyer; grandchildren, Amber (Ron), Nate (Jennifer), Max (Danielle) and Victor; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Blake, Cody, Paul and George and siblings, Paulette (Robert) Merz, John Esmay, Elizabeth (Michael) Keech, Alice Howe and Rick (Andie) Judson.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial will take place at a later time at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, where she will join her husband in eternity.

Contributions in memory of Gloria may be made to Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego.

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Polly Thomas Pond

October 10, 2020 at 3:33 pm

My Deepest Sympathy to the family on the passing of their dear Gloria. Peace be with you all.


The Thiel Family

October 10, 2020 at 3:42 pm

We always enjoyed visiting with Harold and Gloria about their travels and adventures. How wonderful that she is now rejoicing with her Savior in heaven. Praying you find comfort I. The promise of the resurrection.


Luanne Reed

October 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Esther, Phil, Kathy, and families,

We are sad to hear of the loss of your mom, grandma, and my dear friend, Gloria. We have many fond memories of camping trips, card games, and raising our families in Otsego. Gloria had a kind soul and a wonderful laugh! We will miss her! Prayers for comfort as you mourn her loss and cherish your memories.

Luanne Reed and Family


Diane Evink

October 10, 2020 at 4:29 pm

So sorry for your lost



October 10, 2020 at 5:16 pm

We are heartbroken at her passing but there is joyful celebration in paradise where her journey took her to. May the Lord bring comfort to the family as they sorrow.


Cheryl Mike Reupert

October 10, 2020 at 5:19 pm

We met Gloria and Harold in Big Cypress National Preserve. We so admired them, Gloria had the biggest heart, we were blessed to have known her. Our condolences to their family, Gloria and Harold will always be part of our volunteer family.❤


Nancy Weston

October 10, 2020 at 5:54 pm

We met Harold and Gloria in Yellowstone National Park and had a wonderful summer working with them as volunteers. They were always on the move and I can’t think of one of them without the other. What a swell couple!


Tom and Dola

October 10, 2020 at 6:49 pm

We worked with Gloria and Harold several years at Big Cypress NP and visited them in Yellowstone when we were at Grand Teton NP. Many NPS personnel will miss them both. May God comfort you in your loss.

Tom and Dola Berg


Paulette Pond

October 10, 2020 at 8:13 pm

My sister Gloria was a wonder Christian lady and I will miss her in so many ways. Please Lord let her Rest In Peace. Paulette,


Susan Browne

October 10, 2020 at 8:59 pm

Esther, Phil, and Kathy we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. You have our sincere sympathy. Be kind to each other as we all grieve in different ways.

Much love,

Coach and Sue


Leslie Johnson

October 10, 2020 at 9:50 pm

So so sorry for your loss. Hugs to all.


Gator & Arlene Gates

October 11, 2020 at 9:27 am

We volunteered with Gloria and Harold at Big Cypress. Gloria brought light and laughter wherever she went. Our sympathy to your family.


Nina and Karl

October 11, 2020 at 3:47 pm

May God give you the strength to get thru this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Esther and Walter with family.


Brenda Pride

October 11, 2020 at 8:26 pm

So very sorry for your loss , prayers are being said for you and your family


Mike and Agnes (Schmitt) Vanarsdal

October 11, 2020 at 8:55 pm

Phil and Julie, Mike and my deepest sympathy.


Diane Huffman

October 11, 2020 at 8:58 pm

Gloria was my aunt and my friend. She was such an inspiration to me. She never complained about anyone or anything and believed the best in everyone. I could talk to her about anything. She never judged, but just listened. We had so many good times together and I will truly miss her. But knowing that she is in heaven with uncle Harold now gives me comfort.


Donald & Carol VerHage

October 11, 2020 at 9:57 pm

Kathy, Joe and families

We are sorry for the pain you are having with the loss of your Mother.

We learned a lot about her by reading her obituary and so proud of her work with the National Parks.

Our love to you

Donald and Carol VerHage


Mary Ann McKay

October 11, 2020 at 11:04 pm

From winter friends at Our Savior Lutheran, their winter church in Naples, FL, we send our condolences. We enjoyed Harold and Gloria’s visits every winter. They shared their fondness for dominoes with us. We pray you are comforted with the assurance that Gloria now rests in the presence of her Savior, and has heard, “ Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”


Joe Hall

October 12, 2020 at 8:35 am

Rest in peace Gloria.

To the family so sorry for your loss.


Steve Augustine

October 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

Phill, Kathy,Joe, and Ester

So sorry to hear this sad news. Our thought and prayers are with you and your extended families.


Julie Andrus

October 12, 2020 at 4:36 pm

Phil & Julie, Dan and I are sending heartfelt prayers and condolences to you and your family. Sorry for your loss.


Carman Merriam

October 14, 2020 at 1:48 am

Phil & Julie, you have my deepest sympathies and condolences. I pray the love of God would give you peace and comfort.


Penny K Baker

October 15, 2020 at 2:26 pm

Esther, Philip, Kathy and families, so very sorry about your mom. So many memories. Another neighbor Gone Home.


Lisa Noyes

October 17, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Kathy, so sorry for your loss. Your parents were always so kind to me. Thinking of you and your family at this painful time.



October 19, 2020 at 2:42 pm

Esther, Phil, and Kathy. Your mom entered our lives when she started working at the Chicken Chalet. We couldn’t have imagined what that developed into. Your parents were a gift to my mom and dad and to the whole family.


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