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In Memoriam: Holly Samuels Oseas

Hollis (Holly) Samuels Oseas (formerly of Marion Ave.), loving mother of Andrea (Gary Jefferson) Oseas, Eric (Lyn) Oseas (Redway Ave.) and Emily (Eric) Routman, beloved grandmother of Jesse, Dylan, Jeremy, Adam and Nathan passed away on December 9, 2020 of natural causes. Her loving family was with her at Wellspring in Cincinnati, in whichever forms were permissible during a pandemic lockdown. Holly was born in Chicago on October 3, 1925. She received her BA in Music from Northwestern University, and a MA in Education from the University of Cincinnati. Always a talented violinist and artist, she found her true calling and creative outlet as a teacher specializing in learning disabilities. Active in civil rights beginning in the 1960’s, she dedicated her life to all forms of equality, especially helping the learning disabled get a productive foothold in a complex and challenging world. Holly will be remembered for her ready laugh about any and all funny aspects of life, not the least of which was herself. She was, by all accounts, a true original, warm, joyous, creative, and fun. Private services held at the convenience of the family due to COVID-19. Memorial contributions to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (lls.org) would be appreciated.

  • She was, indeed, a memorable person. She was among those very special people who lived in North Avondale during the 1960-1980’s who made North Avondale the very special neighborhood – multi-racial, multi-cultural, economically diverse – that it still is today. I will always remember her positive attitude and wonderful smile. The thing I hate most about the pandemic is our inability to say our final “good-byes” to the Hollys of the world with a proper funeral.

 Gerry & Marvin Kraus

  • As NANA Administrator, when I had a complaint about barking dogs in the neighborhood, I would call Holly. Somehow she would work with the neighbors who issued the complaint, the owners of the barking dog(s) and when necessary the police and the problem would go away! She was the best Barking Dog Fixer!

Charlene Morse

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