Charlotte E. Ostermann

Charlotte E. OstermannCharlotte E. Ostermann, devoted wife, mother and grandmother died on December 4, 2021. She was 82. Charlotte was known by many in the Indian Wells Valley as a beloved Kindergarten teacher who had an infectious personality and a calling to serve. Influenced by her example, some of Charlotte’s descendants have also chosen to serve as educators and will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Charlotte Schmetzer was born August 24,1939 in Chicago Illinois. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Life Science and Education at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1960. Charlotte married George Ostermann at Good Shepherd Church in Beverly Hills on July 8, 1961. Shortly after the wedding, the couple moved to China Lake where Charlotte completed a 35-year career as a Kindergarten teacher, retiring in 2002.

After teaching Kindergarten at Las Flores from 1967-1980, Charlotte, along with “Mr. Nobody” opened a Kindergarten classroom at Saint Ann School in 1980. She would serve in this role for 22 years until her retirement in 2002. However, although she had retired,Charlotte remained a constant figure at St. Ann’s as she continued to share her passion for education as a volunteer Saint Ann School basketball assistant coach and reading tutor.

Charlotte’s pride was in her family, profession, students, and community. Charlotte’s other retirement activities included volunteer work with the Maturango Museum and serving as a member of both the DART Board and the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Board.

Charlotte found great joy in the simplest pleasures. She loved an evening with friends, visiting with neighbors, a glass of wine, a daily visit with her grand-dogs and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Charlotte had a passion for exploring the local desert, hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and found beauty in the spring wildflowers. She had an uncanny ability to find happiness in people and her grandchildren. Charlotte truly believed to make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t need to be rich, beautiful or perfect... you just have to care.

Charlotte is survived by her son, Chris and his wife Laurie; and her grandchildren, Leah, Sara, and Hannah; brother-in-law and sister-in-laws Bob, Charlene and Mary Lou; and many nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, December 10th, from 5:00-6:30 pm followed by a Rosary at 6:30 pm at Holland & Lyons Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at Saint Ann Church at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 11th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Saint Ann School in Charlotte’s name.

Story First Published: 2021-12-10