Ann B. Olsta

June 7, 1922April 5, 2018

On April 5, 2018, Ann Barbara Olsta (Katzenberger) of Mount Prospect, IL passed away at the age of 95. Ann was born in 1922 in Chicago, IL. In high school she enrolled in German class thinking it would be easy because her parents emigrated from Germany. She was surprised to find that the low German they spoke at home was not the same German taught in school. She met her husband of 64 years, Richard “Dick” F. Olsta at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. To make their wedding cake during World War II family and neighbors combined ration stamps. Though Ann spent most of her life as a homemaker in Des Plaines and Mount Prospect she enjoyed living in Camarillo, California in the 80s and early 90s where worked at a local flower shop. Ann’s family will miss her calls to inquire how the family was doing and to ensure they arrived safely at their destinations. Though she lost her vision, she was grateful for technological advances that made it possible to call her family by speech alone. Ann will be lovingly remembered by her sons and daughters, Dennis “Rick” (Nancy), Patti (John) Pertell, Roberta (the late Michael) Burrows, Jim (Julia) and Roger (Debbie); her 12 grandchildren, Christa, Ryan Jenn, Robin, Vanessa, Cassie, Kevin, Tracy, Amanda, Sean, Christina, Michael and Kyle and nine great grandchildren. Ann was preceded in death by her husband Richard; her parents John and Mary; and brothers Marty (Gladys), Johnny and Frank. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 8th from 3 – 7 pm at Lauterburg & Oehler Funeral Home, 2000 E. Northwest Highway, Arlington Heights. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 9th at 10 am at St Raymond De Penafort Catholic Church , 301 S. I-Oka, Mount Prospect followed by chapel service at All Saints Mausoleum, 700 N. River Road, Des Plaines. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness (


  • Visitation Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 9, 2018
  • Entombment Monday, April 9, 2018

Ann B. Olsta

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Martin /Beverly Katzenberger

April 10, 2018

Our sincere condolences to the Olsta family. Aunt Annie was caring and thougtful.

I remember having enjoyable dinners at the Olsta's. There was always a large group of famiy.

It was so nice of Aunt Annie to give baby clothes to me for my son Mark. It was appreciated.

She will be missed.