Augusta Lorene “Gussie” Oslick, 91, of San Gabriel, Texas, entered into her eternal rest in the early morning hours of May 12, 2019, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. She was surrounded by her loving family as she fought a valiant battle following emergency surgery.
Gussie was born on Sept. 24, 1927, in Coupland, Texas, the oldest child of Lorenz Ernest Rieger Sr. and Ella Nora (Thonig) Rieger.
On Jan. 24, 1947, she married Chester Oslick in Taylor, Texas. Together they worked and made a life on the family farm near San Gabriel.
Gussie was a wonderful cook and was a master chef of fried chicken, chicken salad, giblet gravy, blackberry and peach cobbler and pecan pie.
She loved her large garden and canned every kind of fresh vegetable. She loved sharing the garden’s bounty with her family and neighbors. She had a wonderful green thumb and every plant she touched grew and thrived.
In the 1980s, her joy increased as she became “Nana” to her grandchildren. She loved them dearly and she and Chester never missed a sporting event or anything that involved their grandchildren. They were always present, beaming with pride!
Gussie was a faithful, devoted member of the San Gabriel Christian Church for over 70 years and served as the church treasurer for many years. She loved her church family and never missed a service until declining health caused her to move to the Bartlett area in 2016.
Gussie was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Oslick, in 2003; her parents; two infant brothers; an infant sister; a sister, Gean Kolenovsky; a brother, Henry Rieger; and two nephews, Russell Kolenovsky and Ricky Baird.
Left to mourn her passing are her sons, Douglas Oslick and wife Kara of Thorndale and Gary Oslick and wife Jackie of San Gabriel; a sister, Carolyn Baird of San Gabriel; five grandchildren, Dustin Oslick of Austin, Shannon Oslick Cheshier and husband Gregg of Oklahoma City, Jill Oslick Bernstein and husband Alex of Cedar Park, Tara Oslick of Los Angeles and Logan Oslick of Thorndale; two great-granddaughters, Harper and Hadlynne Bernstein. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Will-O-Bell Nursing Home for their love and care of Nana and also to the nurses in the ICU, STC and Hospice units at Scott & White Hospital for their love and support during her final days.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos Parker Blvd.NW, Taylor, TX 76574.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 16, at 11 a.m. at Providence Funeral Home. Interment will be in City of Taylor Cemetery, following the funeral service.
Memorials may be made to San Gabriel Christian Church or to the charity of one’s choice.