She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Agnes Oberste, her dear husband Ralph in 1977, and brothers Paul, Carl, Ralph, Marcellus and Jerome, plus sisters Margaret and Philomene Oberste.
She is survived by her son Michael and wife, Jan, of Springfield; her sister Loretta Petry of Ste Genevieve; one niece, Judy Heidledge and family of Columbia; three nephews, Dr. Tom Petry and family of St. Louis, Dr. Steve Oberste and family of Atlanta and Joe P. Connelly of Dallas, Texas.
Al was a woman of great courage, tremendous faith, outstanding moral character and the tenacity of a lion. She loved the game of golf and believed it taught a lot of lessons about life. She instilled it in those around her everyday.
Her infectious smile and winning personality will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
A very special thanks to the staff at The Montclair, Lakewood Assisted Living and James River Care for making her feel at home. A very special thanks also to Dr. James T. Rogers, M.D., who made her feel special as a patient.
Visitation was Thursday evening, April 22, at Greenlawn East Funeral Home in Springfield. Burial was on Friday, April 23 at a graveside service in Malden.