Cletus Osterholt |

Cletus Osterholt

A Rosary for Cletus Osterholt of Grass Valley will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. A mass of Christian burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley.

Mr. Osterholt died Wednesday, Aug. 25, in a local medical facility. He was 86.

He was born Sept. 29, 1917, in Westphalia, Kan., to Edward and Rose (Winkler) Osterholt. He graduated from St. Teresa’s School in Westphalia, Kan. He served with the U.S. 9th Army Air Corps as a 1st sergeant during World War II in England, France and Germany. He married Eileen Schulte in 1943, in Westphalia, Kan. He worked for Safeway for 32 years. He moved to Grass Valley in 1955 and was manager of all three local Safeway stores.

He was past president of Grass Valley Rotary Club, past president of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, chairman of the Nevada County Salvation Army Relief Fund, and president of the Members Association of the Nevada County Country Club. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and bowler.

He is survived by his sons Spencer and Robert both of Grass Valley, Steve of Sacramento, and Tom of Yuba City; daughters Carolyn Kissell and Kathryn Andrews both of Grass Valley; brothers Richard of Grass Valley, Lawrence of Granite Bay, Raphael of Anderson, Gerald of El Cerrito, Donald of Gilroy, and Sylvester of Okarche, Okla.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Osterholt, in 1996.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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