November 12, 1928—June 30, 2016
South Bend—Our loving mother Alice F. Osberger, 87, died peacefully after a brief illness, surrounded by her family, on June 30, 2016. The youngest of three children, she was born November 12, 1928 in St .Joseph, MO to Dorothy
Byrne Flynn and Frank J. Flynn.
She graduated from St. Joseph’s Cathedral School in 1942 and from the Convent of the Sacred Heart high school in 1946. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, Julia Nunning Byrne, an 1877 alumna, Alice graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1950. Alice met Daniel Joseph Osberger (chosen because he was reported to have “blue eyes and to be a good dancer”) on a blind date to the Notre Dame-Army Victory Dance (November 1947). Their college years were happily filled with many more Victory dances as the Notre Dame football team went undefeated for four years. Alice and Dan were married on September 23, 1950 in the Lady Chapel at Sacred Heart Basilica. Dan worked in Notre Dame administration for 36 years, and he and Alice celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary shortly before his death in August, 1996. Beloved mother of four and grandmother of seven, she was also great-grandmother to two and was looking forward to the arrival of a third this summer. During the 1950s and 1960s, Alice was a tender and accomplished mother with a repertoire of talents ranging from running a busy household to putting on children’s plays in the McKinley Terrace neighborhood and directing operettas at St. Anthony grade school, from overseeing numerous summer 4H projects to volunteering as a Cub Scout den mother.
Reflecting her deep commitment to Catholic education, Alice earned a Master’s degree in teaching from Notre Dame in 1969 and went on to teach at St. Monica’s (1967-1972) and then in the SB School Corporation School-Age Mothers’ Program (1973-1977). An early enthusiast for computer technology, she worked for thirty-nine years as an administrative assistant at Notre Dame, first at the Catholic Committee on Urban Ministry (CCUM) (1977-79) and then at the Medieval Institute. There, in 1979, she began working with Dr. Ralph McInerny—a professional relationship that thrived for over thirty years. She was deeply devoted to the work of the Jacques Maritain Center under the direction of Dr. McInerny and his successor, Dr. John O’Callaghan, and to the international community of scholars associated with them. During this time, she managed the promotion of online courses for the International Catholic University, revealing a spirit for entrepreneurship and technological savvy. Choosing not to retire, Alice worked full-time until the day before the onset of her illness.
In the last twenty years, Alice opened her home not only to host international students attending Notre Dame but also as a bed and breakfast for guests on football and graduation weekends. She was a life member of the Ladies of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s College and the St. Mary’s Alumnae Association. She completed a decades-long project of researching family genealogy, culminating in the 2013 publication of her book, Flynn Family of St. Joseph Missouri: 1792-2013—a legacy treasured by her family. She was a founding member of St. Anthony’s Parish and was active in parish life. She was a steady volunteer at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame.
Alice is survived by her children: Julie Osberger of South Bend, Kathleen Osberger of Chicago, Daniel F. Osberger (Mary Jean) of South Bend, and Margaret (Peggy) Wilder (Joe) of Tucson, AZ. Grandchildren living across the country are Eric Jackson, Anne Osberger, Megan Osberger (Ben Deneweth), Thomas Osberger (Lillian Thy Nguyen), Jean Osberger, Elizabeth Wilder, and Read Wilder. Her great-grandchildren are Derrick Annis and Sophia Jackson Cochrane. She is also survived by her two older brothers, Robert H. Flynn of Crown Point, IN and Frank B. Flynn of South Bend, and cherished nieces and nephews, including Tom (ZoAnn), Beth, John (Linda), David (Kathy), and Patrick (Ruth) Flynn, Meg Flynn Fiflis (Greg Fiflis), and Daniel Flynn (Kim Kluck).
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Memorial Hospital (7th floor) and at the Center for Hospice Care. Visitation is scheduled Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 4-8 p.m. (Eastern Standard time) at McGann Hay Funeral Home, 2313 East Edison Road; rosary recitation at 4:30 p.m. The funeral Mass is scheduled Friday, July 8, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame. Burial to follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Daniel J. Osberger Scholarship at Marian High School or St. Joseph’s High School, or to the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame.
Among her wide circle of friends and family, Alice was known for her wisdom and humility. We will miss her and cherish her memory.
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