Katharine Hockley Ostermann

February 16, 1917November 27, 2012

Katharine Hockley Osterman, age 95, died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in McLean, VA. "Tinky" was the daughter of the late Maj. Gen. Edward A. Ostermann (USMC) and Katharine Hockley Walsh Ostermann. She was a 15-year resident of Vinson Hall in McLean, Virginia, and spent most of her life the Washington area. She taught at Mrs. Shippen's Washington Dancing School starting in 1954. She ran the school from 1964 to 1984. She taught at St. Bernard's Boys School in New York and Potomac School where she later served on the Board of Directors. Tinky spent every summer since her childhood in upstate New York. Many memorable summers were spent at Camp Mesacosa on Efner Lake in Corinth, NY where she went from camper, to counselor, to the senior staff, and continued to visit after camp was closed. She was preceded in death by her nephew, George Leslie Holliday; her sister, Margaret Ostermann Holliday, and her lifelong friend, Edith G. "Edie" Cosgrove. She is survived by her nephew, Ralph ("Hap") Holliday and family in Durham, NC; nephew, Michael O. Holliday and family in Waxhaw, NC; cousin, Stevenson H. Walsh and family in Shrewsbury, VT; godson, Mike Connors, of Saratoga Springs, NY; and goddaughter, Anne Freligh Fitzherbert of Old Hutton, Kendall, England. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Vinson Hall Auditorium, 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101.


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Ralph Holliday

February 9, 2013

Friends and Family, I hope I can get email addresses and phone numbers from you before this page is taken down. Please contact me if you will.
Doc "Hap" Holliday (Tinky's nephew)

Marilyn Avery

December 29, 2012

I'm so sad to hear of Tinky's passing - she and Edie were a fixture at our Adirondack camp, and a big motivation to have a reunion a few years ago. Just remembering the look on their faces when, upon their arrival, the entire lobby of the Guideon Putnam, spontaneously broke into song (a song of praise, directed at them, from Camp days) still makes me smile. They were so surprised, and I think, so pleased, having never really understood how iconic they were to generations of campers.

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Joan Kelly Bernard

December 7, 2012

Tinky was my great-uncle's daughter so we were cousins but just what kind I can't say. I always counted on Tinky for that. She and Aunt Katharine were two of my favorite people on the planet, unbelievably kind to a bewildered college grad in DC. I will never forget the wonderful times we spent together in that charming house in McLean—or the later get-togethers over the years with Tinky and Edie, who was always so full of life and good cheer. So sad to think of them gone but happy they won't have to miss each other the way we will miss them.

Elizabeth Seaton

December 7, 2012

My sister and I remember hearing about Tinky from my mother Dutch, and grandmother, Marion Rendell, as tiny girls. When we were eight and six, we started spending summers at Mesacosa in turn, and we remember Tinky and Edie with tremendous affection. I tell my own friends I learned 'how to be in the woods' from women, and when I do, in part, I mean my sense that their good humor and friendship seemed to expand to contain the Adirondack meadows and woods, the boats on the lake, and all of us girls growing up, loving the natural world. Every time I make a fire, I think of Tinky, who taught me how.

Donna McLean Young

December 7, 2012

Tinky was my father's first cousin. When he travelled to DC for his government job, he was always happy to meet up with her. When I was young, she graciously offered her home to our family of nine for our first trip to our nation's capital. Years later my husband, son and I stayed with her for several days. I still have the notebook in her handwriting, giving us directions for getting around. Although she was in her seventies, she drove us around like a New York city cab driver, and seemed to float up all those steps of the capitol building. I am so blessed that I got to visit her again a few years back, and videotaped Tinky and her wonderful stories. I'll always treasure the times I got to spend with her. The photo I'm uploading was taken during our last visit in June of 2009. What a beautiful lady she was, and I will miss her.

Jim and Clare Davison

December 6, 2012

Knew her at Potomac, I was class of 1956, on California Street in the 1940s and knew her as part of Tuesday Evening Square Dance Group years later, always friendly and warm. We will miss her.