Grace Eileen Arend Oltersdorf, a long-time Arizona resident, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, at the age of 96 peacefully in her home in Pine, Arizona, surrounded by family. Born September 11, 1922 in Ohio, Grace moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan with her family around the age of 7. She was the daughter of Lawrence Arend and Amelia Kolb. In 2005 Grace lost her beloved husband, Lester W. Oltersdorf, whom she met in the mid 1940’s while living in Michigan. They moved to Arizona soon after their wedding and shared 59 years of wedded bliss. Grace spent 30 of her working years at Bashas’ in Arizona.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; brothers Alfred and Leroy; sisters Dorothy, Hilda and Loretta. She is survived by her children, Tim (Teresa) Oltersdorf, Kathy (Clark) Baker and Janine Slayman; as well as her grandchildren, Eric (Jenna) Oltersdorf, Kristin (Jay) Simpson, Cora (Clayton) Bullock, David (Jolie) Bryant, Jimmy Bryant, Tim (Brittany) Baker and Lara (Ty) Herd; as well as 11 great-grandchil-dren.
There will be a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home in Payson, Arizona.