Ferne Miller Ostheim, 87 of Reston and formally of Mt. Jackson, died Friday September 7, 2012 at Tall Oaks Assisted Living in Reston.
Mrs. Ostheim was born March 20, 1925 in Mt. Jackson, daughter of the late Charles Russel and Verbenia “Vernie” Bauserman Miller.
She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon.
She is survived by a niece, Patricia M. Miller of Lynchburg; a nephew James R. Miller, Jr. and wife Anita of Mt. Jackson; a sister-in-law, Doris Miller of Mt. Jackson; one great niece and two great nephews ; and seven great great nieces and nephews;
She was also predeceased by a brother, James R. Miller, Sr.
Before retirement Ferne taught English at Herndon High School in Fairfax County. She had many devoted friends in Northern Virginia. The family especially expresses great gratitude to Ferne’s co-worker and friend, Betty Graves for her unrelenting care and assistance to Ferne during her long illness.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, September18, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Jackson Cemetery with the Rev. Matthew Diehl officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Road, Herndon, VA 20170, Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301 or LINK, P.O. Box 443, Sterling, VA 20167.
Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.