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William Sterling Ostrander

March 24, 1930 — December 29, 2022



William Sterling Ostrander, age 92, died comfortably in his home at Maple Knoll Village on Thursday, December 29, 2022 following a bout with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Virginia Ostrander (nee Tinsely), and is survived by his two daughters Jean Ostrander (John Snyder) and Carol Ostrander-Gómez(Rich Gómez) , as well as his three grandchildren (Andy Gómez, Bobby Gómez, and Haverly Snyder). 

Funeral services celebrating Bill’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2022 at 11:00 am at Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (334 Burns Avenue) in Wyoming, Ohio. Visitation will precede the funeral service between 10:30 – 10:55 am that same day.  A reception for friends and family will follow immediately after the service in the Parish Hall adjacent to the church.  All are welcome, because all belong.

Bill was an avid investor, woodworker, rose gardener, traveler, and an active conservative. He was fascinated by science, politics, and had a general interest in all things intellectual.

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Bill and his family moved to Akron, Ohio and later to Cedartown, Georgia where he graduated high school early, then earned a bachelor’sdegree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1951. From there he began a long career as a systems design engineer for Carrier Air Conditioning, designing and installing commercial HVAC systems. It was also in Atlanta he met the love of his life, Virginia Tinsely. The couple married in 1956. He loved spending time with his family, and their annual treks to the beaches of Florida.

Bill retired from Carrier in 1988. He then worked as aconsultant with Newcomb & Boyd (based in Atlanta) andlater as an independent HVAC consultant. He was fully retired by age 70.

His beloved Ginnie died in 2005, and two years later Bill relocated to the Maple Knoll Village retirement community in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was very active there, serving as Resident Director on the Board of Directors, President of the Independent Resident’s Council, and was a Maple Knoll Ambassador. Bill also presented travelogues, played pool, played water volleyball, and enjoyed a very active social life with his friends playing bridge, dominos, euchre, and shuffleboard.

Bill will be interred in a family plot in Laurens, South Carolina.  In lieu of flowers and accordance with Bill’s wishes, memorial gifts may be directed to Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, 420 W Wyoming Avenue, Lockland, Ohio 45215.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

334 Burns Ave, Wyoming, OH 45215

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