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Constance J. Oseles

May 19, 1922-Sept. 14, 2012

September 17, 2012
Minot Daily News

Constance J. Oseles, 90, Minot, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in a Minot care facility.

Constance was born May 19, 1922, in Superior, Wis., the daughter of Martin E. and Jennie A.O. (Johnson) Widness. She was raised in Superior, graduating from Central High School with the class of 1940.

Constance was joined in marriage to William J. Oseles on June 19, 1941, in Duluth, Minn. They resided in Duluth for seven years until moving to Fargo. During World War II, she was employed in Massachusetts at a parachute factory.

They settled to the magic city of Minot in 1957, following William's job as a signal maintainer for Burlington Northern Railroad. Constance cared for her beautiful family of seven children and found time to be involved in the community and her children's activities through PTA, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Minot, where she was active for many years.

Constance enjoyed reading, collecting stamps and post cards, and doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She will be remembered most for her loving care for her children and grandchildren.

Her loving family includes: children, William (Sarah) Oseles, El Paso, Texas, Robert (Lisa) Oseles, St. Petersburg, Fla., Richard Oseles, Minot, and Ronald Oseles, Fargo, Vivian (Grant) Barber, Des Moines, Iowa, and Christine (Douglas) Hinkle, Export, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Michael Ward, Minot; and a niece, the Rev. Deborah Fischer, and many other relatives.

Constance was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; daughter, Joan Ward; granddaughter, Michelle Ward; sister, Vivian Holton; brother, Ronald Widness; and nephew, James Widness.

Celebration of Life Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at First Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.

Visitation: Today, Sept. 17, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

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