Jasmine Alayna Rose Strait Osterhaus, 21, passed away in Jacksonville, North Carolina on Friday, December 9, 2022.
Jasmine is survived by Jonathan Osterhaus, II (husband), Timmy Lee Strait, Jr. (father), Miranda Strait (mother), Timmy Besel (brother), Tasha Smith (sister), Ruth McFadden (sister), Amber Strait (sister), Connie Strait (grandmother), Aleatha Strait (grandmother) and David Strait, Jr. (grandfather).
Born on January 10, 2001, near her hometown McConnellsburg, Jasmine spent the first eighteen years of her life in the countryside of Pennsylvania. Remembered by one of her teachers as sitting in the back row of biology class and always offering a smile, Jasmine graduated from McConnellsburg High School early on May 17, 2019. Her early graduation allowed her to begin training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Paris Island South Carolina, where she graduated as a newly minted Marine on August 16, 2019. Jasmine successfully completed several challenging trainings throughout her entire military career, starting with combat training Camp Geiger, NC and Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School in Twenty-nine Palms, California. Assigned to 6th Marine Regiment, Jasmine's professionalism, leadership and drive made her an undeniable force to be reckoned with. She was promoted to Corporal by July of 2021, and received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in January of 2022. She also performed cold weather operations at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin and flew to France to commemorate those who fought at the Battle of Belleau Wood. Jasmine took great pride in her career as a United States Marine.
Equally passionate about the little joys in life as she was of her hard work in the military, Jasmine also made time to stop and smell the roses. Whether she was found with a paint brush in her hand or a pen and notebook, she was creating art for the world that she will live on through forever. When she wasn't writing a poem she was reading one, and sharing it with those she loved. When she wasn't listening to music she was trying to make it, from learning to play the guitar to singing her heart out. Also known as Jaz or Jazzy, her infectious, dimple-filled smile could brighten up any room. She was adored by her six nieces and three nephews. With the kindness of a mother, Jasmine cared for them as if they were her own. She made them giggle until it brought tears to their eyes, her sweet hugs could stifle their crying, and she made them all feel special. Jasmine's creativity and light inspired the hearts of many.
Jasmine had a love for nature from the time she could run around the front yard barefoot. Amongst her favorite places of piece were high in the mountain tops, deep in the woods, and lakeside or oceanside with the calm of the water and softness of the sand. She loved to stay in her family's tucked away cabin, take day trips to local lakes Raystown and Cowan's Gap, and go on long hikes in North Carolina with her husband. Growing up, Jasmine could be found playing outside with her siblings and chasing "lighting bugs" on a starry summer night. As the leaves changed and fell, she was seen raking up big piles to jump into and helping her Pop stack wood for the winter. When the snow came, Jasmine enjoyed building a snow fort when she could, and if the snow was too soft, she was fearlessly riding a sled like a snowboard down a steep hill. Spring brought the joy of new flowers and melting ice, and more daylight for Jasmine to explore. Her appreciation of nature and love of the seasons is why Jasmine will be laid to rest on the ridge she was raised on.
To know Jasmine was to know the true meaning of strength, passion, and unconditional love.
There will be a visitation held on Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Howard L. Sipes Funeral Home, Inc., McConnellsburg, PA. Immediately after the visitation, there will be a graveside service at the Strait Family Cemetery in McConnellsburg, PA. Military honors will be conducted by the United States Marine Corps.
Following the graveside service, there will be a Celebration of Life held at the Stone Hollow Farm, 16937 Great Cove Road, McConnellsburg, PA 17233
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