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Shirley Anne (Realff) Ossing

Shirley Anne (Realff) Ossing
  • March 7, 1930 - May 14, 2017
  • Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Grace Anne Ossing Fellowship Fund Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Grace Anne Ossing Fellowship, 750 East Pratt St., Suite 1700 Baltimore , MD 21202

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“I worked with Shirley at Jaworek School for many years. Shirley left me treats in my school mailbox for many years. She loved working with the...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Cheryle Kline - Marlboro, MA

“My sincere condolences to Mike, Linda and the Ossing Family.Bob Landry ”
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“We send our love, prayers and condolences to the entire family. Shirley will be missed in our community for her sharing, love and devotion. She...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Natalie Lashmit - Marlborough, MA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you in this time of sorrow. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Grace Sheldon Lyons - Charlotte, NC

“Dear Ossing Family;Our hearts are sad to hear of Shirley's passing. What a great neighbor! WE lividly reach her zest fr life, you her family, and a...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Kristianne and Glenn Johnson - MA

“God bless you, Shirley, dear dear Shirley. Your twinkle and always hopeful attitude permeated all of us at the Immaculate Conception Parish Bible...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Chris Snyder - Marlborough, MA


Shirley Anne ( Realff) Ossing, 87, passed away peacefully on Mother's Day May 14, 2017. Shirley was from Milford, Connecticut and the only daughter of the late Alfred and Anna (Donaghey) Realff. A graduate of Lauralton Hall in Milford, Connecticut and St. Vincent's College School of Nursing, Bridgeport, Connecticut, she was a practicing Registered Nurse when she put her career on hold to marry Henry A. Ossing in 1958 and raise a family.
Shirley had been a Marlborough resident since 1961. She was the proud mother of four sons – Michael, Daniel, Eric and Paul whom she truly cherished. Shirley continued with her nursing career at the Catholic Congregtions in the City of Marlborough working with the Religious of the Good Shepherd,RGS, the Sisters of Saint Anne, SSA, and the Sisters of Saint Chretienne, SSCh,. Shirley was a devout Catholic and thoroughly enjoyed serving the Sisters.
Shirley loved her cats, especially Angel and Tippy. She loved to knit hats for new born babies, decorate, coloring and playing Bingo with her friends at Christopher Heights in Marlborough. Shirley was devoted to her ten grandchildren – Kaylin, Cameron, Kathryn, Grace, Dave, John, Mary, Sarah, Rina and Luke.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Ossing of Edgewater, FL and four boys – Michael and his wife Linda of Marlborough, MA, Daniel and his wife Megan of Catonsville, MD, Eric and his wife Satoko of Kamakura, Japan, and Paul and his wife Yoko of Georgetown, MA.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Mark's Church, Catonsville, MD, followed by interment at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Marriotsville, MD, where Shirley will be buried beside her beloved granddaughter Grace, who died in 1997 at the age of four.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Grace Anne Ossing Fellowship Fund, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Grace Anne Ossing Fellowship, 750 East Pratt St. Ste. 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.