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Susan Alice Ostergard

March 3, 1941 October 17, 2017
Susan Alice Ostergard
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Obituary for Susan Alice Ostergard

Susan Alice Ostergard Phd, 76, a retired 43 year university professor, passed quietly Tuesday morning October 17, 2017 at her beloved Victorian home located in Dixon, CA.

Susan was bestowed upon Clara Stroobandt (wife and homemaker) and Lawrence Henry Pomaville (Hudson Motor Company Tool & Die Engineer) on March 3, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. Susan and sister Kathy relocated to southern California in third grade, not 2nd.

A mathematician, architect, author of many publications, teacher, builder, mentor, pilot and mother. Never at rest, always on the move, always searching for the next challenge.
Enjoying Shakespeare festivals, opera, ballet, Renaissance fairs, sports cars, travel, skiing and all literature, always adding to her collection of interests.
As a mother Susan was fair yet strict. She taught core values, work ethic and continual learning, sharing lifelong knowledge and experience. Learn one subject, task or activity and move on to the next. Always work and pay your own way. Her choices were usually on the intellectual side designing, drafting and building her own homes. A yellow and white Victorian with stained-glass windows and French doors throughout, a Lincoln log cabin in the mountains and a garage full of building materials for the next. She would spend her time collecting all of the pieces and parts, going to architectural salvage in Berkley or an auction on the weekend, hauling it around in her giant diesel truck.
At times you could find her prized show cats sun lounging behind the stained-glass windows. Orange and gray long-haired Maine coones, that won many a prize.

When it came to teaching her teenagers to drive, her knuckles were whiter and her scream more pronounced. With pedal to the metal and an 18 wheeler close behind merging the on ramp, our mother aghast.
She always had such tall hair!

Survived by her two children: Derolyn Rene and Derek Robert.

Her neighbors and friends were a large part of her life, Sunday dinners always a highlight of the week. Don’t call when she’s a cookin’ and a bakin’. Grateful to have met so many good friends in her hometown of Dixon that she never wanted to leave. Toodle loo Susan…….

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