Celesta Ostby, 86, Garrison, formerly of Douglas, died March 10, 2019, at Garrison Hospital Nursing Facility. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Douglas. Burial will be held at Garrison City Cemetery in the spring.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison.
Celesta Elaine Ostby was born Oct. 10, 1932, to Newell and Emma (Russel) Wretling, in Garrison. She attended school in Garrison and graduated from Garrison High School. During high school, she worked at Robinson Drug as a “soda jerk.”
Celesta married Norman Ostby Dec. 17, 1950. They made their home on the Greendale Farm in Douglas Township. For many years she did the farm wife duties; cook, garden, and anything else that needed to get done. Later in life, Celesta worked at the Benedictine Living Center in the activities department. She spent 25 years working with all the wonderful residents that she thoroughly enjoyed, and forever cherished her time spent helping them.
Celesta was active in the area homemakers club, and very dedicated to Trinity Lutheran Church and all the activities the church provided. She was a member of the T.O.P.S. Club and helped with band parents. Celesta’s most cherished times were spending time with her family and friends; however, chocolate of any sorts came in a close second.
Celesta is survived by her children, Susan (Tim) Engel, Beulah, Shari Mahoney, Green Acres, Fla., Stuart Ostby, Douglas; grandchildren, Chad (Andrea) Engel, Amy (Dave) Cline, Desire Engel (Mike Mohl), Sarah (Justin) Miles, Dominique Stoney (Chris Flux Gilbert), Erin Ostby (Marshall); great-grandchildren, Kyran, Kayven, Tyler, Fiona, Lauren, Violet, Eleanor; sister-in-law, Kathy Folk (Gary); brother-in-law, Robert (Anne) Fischer; sisters-in-law, Pat Ostby, Carol Foree, Audrey Mohn, Lora Bendickson, LeAnn Pigeon; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; son, Steven; parents, Newell and Emma Wretling; sister, Darlene “Dolly” Fischer; brothers, Donald, Newell, Robert and John Gordan Wretling; brothers-in-law, Jay Foree, Fred Mahn, Bernard Bendickson, Norman Pigeon, Vernon Ostby and David Birkholz; sister-in-law, Shirley Birkholz.
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