Mary Callista Madalene Oster

Female 1922 - 2017  (94 years)


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  • Name Mary Callista Madalene Oster 
    Born 28 May 1922  Morley, Rainy River, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 4CBC637A0C5B8E438FDFD351EE068A59860F 
    Died 9 May 2017  St. Clair Shores, Macomb, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2205  Victoria Boutilier's Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2022 

    Father John Joseph Oster,   b. 26 Jan 1875, Drysdale, Stanley Township, Huron, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1940, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Eliza Jane Craigen,   b. 26 Jul 1880, Cloyne, Anglesea Township, Lennox & Addington County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1956, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1905  Stratton, Rainy River, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F158  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Charles Fortier,   d. 1975 
    Last Modified 23 May 2017 
    Family ID F1594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Detroit Free Press
      May 14 2017 p A18

      Callista Madalene (nee Oster), 94, passed away at her home on May 9, 2017, with her son at her side, just short of her 95th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Matthew Fortier and all of her siblings: John, Gerald, Adrian Joseph, Mary Magdalene, Mary Marguerite, Patricia, Dennis, Ann, Vince and Craig. Madalene was born May 28, 1922 to John Joseph and Eliza Jane Oster and raised in Stratton, Ontario, Canada. She moved to Detroit in 1946, taking on the principal responsibility of caring for her ailing mother. Madalene was the beloved mother of two sons who predeceased her, Joseph and Raymond, and four surviving sons, Paul, John, Matthew and Philip; their spouses, and a dear grandmother and great-grandmother. She will also be missed by her large family and many dear friends. Callista Madalene was a lifelong Catholic and deeply devoted to the Church. Despite many trials, she remained steadfast in her faith and dedicated her selft to helping others in need. She was especially committed top the Legion of Mary, Lay Carmelites, Christian Family Movement, the Capuchins and the Cursillo Movement. Along with her husband, whom she had met a church, Madalene was instrumental during he early days of Our Lady of Victory Church, a mission that served African Americans in Detroit. She was strongly committed to rectifying racial and social injustice, at a time when few took those risks. In 1975, as a result of a car accident her husband died, leaving her to continue raising six sons on her own. She strongly believed in Catholic education, sending all her children to parochial schools, despite financial hardship. After further training, Madalene took a job as a legal secretary and court recorder, a job she retired from after 17 years. She continued to run her own income tax preparation business. Allthough suffering greatly from physical illnesses, for many years, Madalene kept her keen sense of humor and radiated a contagious joy for life. She loved people and was beloved by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Missionaries of Charity, Defeat MSA, or Catholic Relief Services. Visitation, Tuesday, May 23...at Kaul Funeral Home....St. Clair Shores"