Rebecca Ostwalt

 Jeannette Rebecca “Becky” Rader Ostwalt, 83, of Troutman, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, from declining health since 2008 with COPD. She was born August 6, 1928 in McDowell County to the late Alvin W. Rader, Sr. and Clyde Stepp Rader.

She graduated from Marion High School in Marion and also Mitchell College in Statesville. She was married in Statesville on October 9, 1948 to Samuel (Sam) L. Ostwalt who died August 8, 2001. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Troutman where she was active in the women’s groups within the church. She was the secretary, treasurer and bookkeeper for the former Ostwalt-Norwalk Vault Company in Troutman until the business was sold. She was a member of the Eastern Star.

 She was a woman of strong faith and conviction. She loved music, her church and the creations of her Creator. She loved her friends and family and was a wonderful wife and mother. She was the strength that enabled a husband to serve the community and children to fulfill their dreams.

Along with her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmy and Alvin Rader, Jr.

She is survived by three sons, Samuel O’Brian, Barry Lynn (Vannessa), and Alvin Rader (Janna) and two grandchildren Alexander and Tatiana Rader, all from Troutman. She is also survived by a sister, Lynda Rader Rumfelt, of Clemmons and a brother, Gene, of Houston, TX. She is further survived by a step granddaughter, Sonya Lewis, five step great granddaughters, three great great step grandchildren, all of Newport Tenn, and many nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate the life of Rebecca Ostwalt will be conducted 11:00 AM Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 Morgan Street, Troutman, NC 28166, with Rev. Tom Corbell officiating. Burial will follow in the Iredell Memorial Gardens. The family will visit with friends Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 7:00 until 8:30 PM at the Nicholson Funeral Home.

The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.

Elain Heffner, O Magazine, May 2003

 She aided through our journeys, she helped through difficult times, she taught worthwhile things, she made you feel appreciated and special and you enjoyed spending time with her.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.  

Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)

As a mother she was a role model, nurse, teacher and a very wise counselor. She fulfilled all roles of a mother extremely well. Thank you mom!

She lovingly reflected a true inner beauty and positive attitude to her many caregivers.

Thank you to the many caregivers, doctors and nurses over the last four years: especially Dr. James Foushee, Iredell Memorial Hospital, the Emergency Room, and ICU, Autumn Care, the Gardens and the Gordon Hospice House, and her wonderful friend at the Gardens.

There are so many people and not enough space to give tribute. But sincere thanks to all of you.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road., Statesville, NC 28625 or the building fund of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Troutman, PO Box 308, Troutman, NC 28166.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

 Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family Rebecca Rader Ostwalt.

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One Response to Rebecca Ostwalt

  1. Bo Rader says:

    O’Brian, Barry and Al,

    Pat and I send our prayers and thoughts to you during this time.
    We are very sorry that we can’t be with you at your Mom’s service this week.

    Take care……………………………..Bo

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