Jeanette A. Osterhouse

                                   July 1, 1943 – November 22, 2021

Jean passed away suddenly at age 78 in Mishawaka, IN.

She was born in Chicago, IL to Bernard and Eunice 

(Helmick) Keifer but lived in Niles, since 1970.

She is survived by all 4 of her children: Beverly V. Torres,

Thomas B. Vance, Steven E. Vance and Mark B. Bowlin;

 6 grandchildren: Crystal VanLew, Jennifer Jones, 

Thomas W. Vance, Kimberly Skeens, Regan Vance

and Amy Bowlin.; her 7 great grandchildren Justin VanLew,

Dominick Lary, Julie Lary, Madilynn Lary, Liam Lary,

Emmalee Skeens and Lillian Vance; 1 brother, Bernie Kiefer 

and 2 sisters Sharon Fischer and Linda Clarke; and her

beloved dog Raisen..

She is preceded in death by her parents and her 

granddaughter Cynthia Torres.

In the 1960’s, before starting a family, she enjoyed being part of the 

U.S.O. in Chicago, where she had a lot of fun and made some life-long 

friends.  She attended Finishing School in her early 20’s and, until her 

later years possessed great style.  Before it was fashionable, she was 

a consummate DIY-er. In the 1970’s, she prided herself in making our 

backyard an enviable personal  playground.  And as a mother of 4 

young kids, she could always find a way to make things fun.  She 

enjoyed cake decorating, including making lovely wedding cakes, for 

many years.  She loved making her yard look nice with flowers, bushes 

and trees. She was extremely creative, making various types of crafts 

through the years, and could draw quite well.  She enjoyed watching Big 

Bang Theory, Storage Wars, Shark Tank, True Crime shows and Christian 

programs (especially those about The End Times, Tribulation and the 

Rapture).  She always had an uncanny sense of direction and was quick with 

numbers. Throughout her adult life she battled health issues but never 

lost her silly/sassy sense of humor. 

She was a good person and a good mother…and you can hardly 

ask for more than that. 

Rest in peace, dear Mother, you will be missed.

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