Johann W. Ostman, 83


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On the evening of July 15, 2022, Johann (nee Wisniewski) Ostman of King, North Carolina, formerly of Verona, died at the age of 83 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Born in Jersey City, she grew up in Lyndhurst, N.J. She lived in Cedar Grove before moving to Verona where she resided for 52 years before moving to King earlier this year. She graduated from Lyndhurst High School and then went on to pursue secretarial studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She was a legal secretary for many years with RCA Tube Division in Harrison, N.J. and later with various attorneys in the Verona and Montclair area. She also worked as a secretary for Verona High School.

In July 1959, Johann married Robert “Bob” Ostman and together they raised two daughters, Karen and Lori.

Johann was known for her sense of humor and her caring for friends and family whenever they needed her. She had a special affection for her friends and neighbors on Newman Avenue in Verona.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Ann Wisniewski and her daughter, Lori Purcell.

Johann is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Ostman; daughter, Karen Luzzi (Jamie); son-in-law, Kevin Purcell; and five grandchildren, Rachel and Nathan Purcell and Elizabeth, Catherine and Rebecca Luzzi. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In her memory donations to the Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church Street, Verona, NJ 07044 would be greatly appreciated.

Services were private. Funeral arrangements were handled by Regional Memorial Cremation Services, Greensboro, N.C. and Prout Funeral Home, Verona.

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