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ORONO - Priscilla Osberg, daughter of Thomas Hallam and Bessie Perkins passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the age of 91.

She married Philip Osberg in 1948 in the Boston area and after a year at Penn State University and Colby College in Waterville, they moved to Orono in 1960, where Philip was a professor in the Geology Department at the University of Maine. Priscilla became a school principal and 3rd grade teacher at the Webster School and taught 5th grade at Asa C. Adams School. She was a dedicated teacher, committing her life to service of her community, church, and the welfare of her students, who remember her to this day. She attended The University of New Hampshire during World War 2. Graduating Magna cum Laude and receiving the Dietrich Cup for receiving the highest grades in her class. Her enthusiasm for learning, coupled with her compassion for people in general made her a guiding light for many children in the 5th grade.

She and Philip have two children, Susan and Peter Osberg. The family lived in a house they built on Forest Hill Terrace where they've lived for 56 years. The family traveled together to Norway in 1964 for Philip's sabbatical and they drove across Europe in a Volkswagon. Priscilla was an avid sailor with Philip on the Maine coast and after attempting to sail down to Boston, they turned back to the rugged shores of Maine because there was nothing better. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage and were dedicated partners on land and at sea. After retirement, they were actively involved in The Church of Universal Fellowship and Priscilla served on numerous committees in Orono, including the restoration committee of the church when she designed the 'gathering room.'

Priscilla Osberg was a loving woman, kind, generous and will be sorely missed by her husband Philip Osberg and children, Susan and Peter Osberg, as well as her grandson, Matthew Osberg, who have survived her.

The Memorial service was held at 10AM Saturday May 28, 2016 at Riverside Cemetery, Bennoch Road, Orono,and officiated by Steve Smith, Pastor of the Orono Methodist Church. Following the service there was a coffee & tea reception for friends and family at the Church of Universal Fellowship, Orono, in the 'gathering room.'
Published on  May 27, 2016
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