Edward D. Otterstedt of Chester, N.Y., dies at age 102


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Edward D. Otterstedt, a life-long resident of Chester, N.Y., died Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Hudson Valley VA at Castle Point, N.Y. He was 102.

Son of the late Charles and Florence Otterstedt, he was born in Chester in 1917.

Edward proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. He was injured during the war while serving in North Africa. He flew on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C., at 101 years of age in April 2018.

He was a life-long member of the Chester Fire Department, Walton Engine and Hose, and Past Commander of the American Legion Post Orange Blossom Post 1167. He served as a Chester Village Board Trustee, was active in the Chester Kiwanis Club, the Chester Historical Society, as well as the Black Meadow Club.

Edward enjoyed his Florida winter home for more than 30 years. He was a great outdoorsman, enjoying activities ranging from golf to hunting and fishing.

Edward was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn. They had spent 74 wonderful years together.

Survivors include their children, Sr. Martha Otterstedt, a Presentation Sister from New Windsor, N.Y., and James Otterstedt and his life partner, Alison Schmitz of Chester; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Florence Cushman and his brothers George, Charles, and Elmer Otterstedt.

The family wishes to express their special thanks to Sally, his ever faithful caregiver and to the Chester Village Police Department. They also thank the doctors and staff at the Hudson Valley VA Facility at Castle Point and the Offices of Dr. Ciro Attardo, MD, and Dr. Lance Segal, MD, for their compassionate care of Ed toward the end of his life.

Visitation was scheduled for Thursday, April 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Flynn Funeral and Memorial Centers, 3 Hudson St., Chester.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. in St. Columba Roman Catholic Church, 27 High St., Chester.

Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, located on Route 94 in Chester.

The family has specifically requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Edward’s name be made to: Sisters of the Presentation, 84 Presentation Way, New Windsor, NY 12553.



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