June 11, 1953 - February 6, 2022
Dr. Paul R. Osterdahl Sr., M.D., 68, died suddenly on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Albany Medical Center. He was born in Otisville, N.Y. on June 11, 1953, the son of the late Evert and Evelyn Miller Osterdahl. Paul was raised with his five siblings by his aunt Emma after losing their father and mother at a young age. He was a graduate of Otisville High School in 1971, SUNY Oneonta in 1975, and the Albert Einstein Medical School at Yeshiva University in the Bronx in 1979. He rose from humble beginnings to become an exemplary obstetrician-gynecologist who his patients adored. Paul served his residency at Albany Medical Center in OB-GYN from 1979-1984. He later served as the chief of OB-GYN at Albany Medical Center. He worked in private practice with Gabriels & Wallingford that later became Albany OB-GYN, which he currently was affiliated with. He was a member of the American Congress of OB-GYN. He loved his work and never grew tired of bringing new life into the world and continued practicing until his death. It was truly his calling. He saw every child as a gift from God. Paul loved nothing more than his family. His kindness, empathy, selflessness, and caring made him a wonderful husband, father, Didi and physician. He taught his children and granddaughters the true meaning of love. Despite being drafted, by the grace of God and government inefficiency, he was spared being sent to Vietnam. Paul was peaceful and content outdoors, especially at his camp on Indian Lake. He was an avid fisherman and spent many happy years trolling for lake trout and casting for bass on his old pontoon boat. He considered Disney World his second home and cherished the time he spent there with his family. He loved playing yard games, board games, and going to the movies with his children. As a child, Bob Hayes was his hero, so he went on to become a diehard Dallas Cowboys football fan. One of his last memories was seeing them play against the Eagles with his son. Paul loved to tinker and could fix anything, and, despite struggling with technology, he was proud of his ability to use YouTube as his guide to repair things. He was a kind and gentle soul, and never saw anything bad in people. He would help anyone. His smile and humor were infectious. He is survived by the love of his life, Dr. Deborah A. Hrustich. Their first date was on February 24, 1980, at the USA vs Finland gold medal championship hockey game in Lake Placid. They later married on August 4, 1984, in Saratoga Springs. Paul was the devoted father of Katherine Osterdahl (Dustin Kudler) of West Sand Lake, Dr. Paul R. Osterdahl Jr. (Dr. Melissa Gott) of Vineland, N.J. and Jacqueline E. Osterdahl (Charles Mullen) of Leominster, Mass.; grandfather and best Didi ever of Eleanor Rose Kudler, Althea Mae Kudler and Freya Skye Mullen; and dear brother of Evert Osterdahl of Saratoga Springs, Mary (David) Southern of Otego, N.Y., Julia (Carl) Vreeland of Otisville, N.Y., Anthony Osterdahl of Sweden and the late Mark (wife Bonnie survives) Osterdahl. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The funeral Mass will be on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Parish of Mater Christi, 40 Hopewell St., Albany with Reverend John F. Tallman officiating. Entombment will follow in the Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna. Relatives and friends are invited and may call also at the Parish of Mater Christi in Albany on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.
Dr. Paul R. Osterdahl Sr., M.D., 68, died suddenly on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Albany Medical Center. He was born in Otisville, N.Y. on June 11, 1953, the son of the late Evert and Evelyn Miller Osterdahl. Paul was raised with his five... View Obituary & Service Information
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