Susan Waters Osta, 71, died in her Forest Park home on May 20, 2014 after a nine-month battle with lung cancer. Born on April 26, 1943 and raised in Syracuse, New York, she, along with her future husband Jim, attended Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse and went on to nursing school in Boston. Her father, the late William J. Waters, M.D., gave the commencement address at her nursing school graduation.
She moved to Chicago in 1966 to join her future husband, Jim, and begin her nursing career in pediatrics. In 1973, the couple settled in Oak Park to raise their family. After retiring from nursing, she continued to serve and care for others as a nanny, volunteer and grandmother. An active member of the Suburban Fellowship Center (SFC) in Forest Park for nearly 28 years, she advocated and cared for those with little voice — children, the homeless, and people in need.
Though she struggled with her own mental illness, she consistently put the needs of others before her own. Charitable beyond her means, she was able to touch the lives of so many. Her grandchildren meant everything to her, and her children were a source of strength. Her infectious laugh and generous spirit will be missed. She managed significant physical and psychological pain for many years, and is, at last, at peace.
Susan Osta was the wife of James; the mother of Kathleen (Tony Smith), Mark (Cynthia) and David (Amanda) Osta; the grandmother of Kaelen and Addison Osta Smith, Allison and Jack Osta, and Seth and Ian Osta; the sister of William (Jeanne), Robert (Linda), Barry (Jacqueline) and Peter (Janet) Waters; the aunt to many nieces and nephews and many cousins.
Visitation was held on May 27 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. On Wednesday, May 28 at 11:30 a.m., a funeral Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Church, 808 S. East Ave., Oak Park Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Chicago, www.namichicago.org/get-involved/give or Mercy Home for Boys and Girls www.mercyhome.org/tribmem.