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Robert J. Oesterlin -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A memorial service for Robert J. Oesterlin will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ranfranz &; Vine Funeral Homes, with the Rev. Wayne Vogt officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Oesterlin, 79, of 2217 Baihly Court S.W., a retired IBM employee, died Saturday (Nov. 6, 2004) at Charter House.

Born Feb. 13, 1925, in Erie, Pa., he grew up there, served in the Navy from 1943 to 1947, and attended Cornell University and Northwestern University. He moved to Chicago in 1960 and to Rochester in 1967. While at IBM, he wrote the first project objective for the first diskette drive. He retired in 1986. In 1951, he married Leona E. Zimmer, and she died in 1985. He married Merle Rae Frethem in 1988. They enjoyed spending winters in Sun City West, Ariz. Mr. Oesterlin was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church, Marion RC Flyers, Rochester Aero Model Society, Photography Club West, Computer Club West and IBM Quarter Century Club. He was a Mayo Clinic volunteer. His interests included square dancing, playing bocce ball and watching his grandchildren play ball.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Robert (Sharee) and Scott, both of Rochester; five grandchildren; and a brother, the Rev. William M. Oesterlin of Greensburg, Pa. A sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call an hour before the service Thursday at the funeral home.

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Memorials are suggested to Mayo Foundation.

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