Thanksgiving the time to send wishes to extended family

Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Have you met a person lately somewhere around 5-feet tall the tall ones are about 5 feet, 3 inches just plain happy, good looking, some are a little hyper, hard working, and very giving? It could very well be Osterhaus offspring.

There is 91 of us. Hugo and Eya Osterhaus of Dillingham had 11 children in the 1930s through '50s. Those 11 children had 22 grandchildren, and those 22 have 48 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Most still live on the Kenai Peninsula.

These days we don't see much of each other for one reason or another, and I would like to tell you all I love you and miss you dearly. No matter how much time goes by, we remain close inside. Many people know us, and know us for being the good, happy and good looking ones. Many of us are women, so the last names have changed, but we are all still Osterhauses.

I have met a few people from Dillingham, who have never seen me, but ask if I am an Osterhaus. It blows me away. I am very proud of my family. We have been racked by many forms of violence, abuse and alcoholism, but we still hold our heads high and know that things will be OK. Our cousin Carrie Jean lives in a body that won't work, all who know her know how she cries. But look into her eyes, she is happy. No not happy with what has happened, but happy that her family loves her and she loves them.

Another cousin, Marvie, was shot in the chest, in front of his wife, his children and his sister, taking one-third of his lung, and almost died. The man who did this walks free on the streets. But if you see or talk to Marve, you can see he is a very loving man, he walks tall and with a smile on his face. Many of us have been raped, beaten, and molested, we still live on, we are strong. There is nothing that can kill our spirits. For this we should be very proud.

It's the season again to get together with loved ones, share stories and give to one another. The perfect time to let someone know you care. Seeing how I haven't made my first million, this is my gift to you. To sit and call each one of you would take days. To all the family of the Osterhauses, God bless you, watch over you, and protect you. I pray each one of you are safe and happy. I look forward to the next family reunion and pray more come together, because there is more power in numbers! "Osterhaus rocks." God be with you.

Nellie Parazoo


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