Rita Helena (Holtforster) Oshell

April 4, 2020

Death announcement

OSHELL, Rita Helena

Rita Oshell died peacefully, surrounded by family, at Eastholme, Powassan, on Saturday, April 4, 2020. She was 93 years old. Rita (Holtforster) was predeceased by her husband Mervyn John Oshell (1924-2001). She was the beloved mother of Peter Oshell (Elaine), Debbie Piekarski (Steve), Donna Arkwright (John), Mike Oshell (Kim) and Paul Oshell (Sue). She will be lovingly remembered by eight grandchildren: Darren, Jackie, Anna, Kayla, Emma, Carrie, Brandon and Nicole, and five great-grandchildren. Rita was predeceased by her sister  Dorothy Derbyshire (the late Jim) and by her brother Eugene Holtforster. Rita, along with her husband Mervyn, co-founded the store that is now Oshell’s valu-mart in Powassan. Private interment will take place at Powassan Union Cemetery. A memorial mass will be announced at a later date. Should you wish to make a donation in Rita’s memory, St. Joseph’s Church Building Fund is suggested.  For assistance in making a donation, to leave a message of support for the family, or for more information, please go to or call PAUL FUNERAL HOME, Powassan at (705)724-2024.

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Private Interment

Powassan Union Cemetery
343 Hwy 534
Powassan, Ontario P0H 1z0

Family to do services at later date

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