Celesta Ostby

Oct. 10, 1932 – March 10, 2019

Celesta Ostby, 86,

Garrison, formerly of

Douglas, died on Sunday,

March 10, 2019 at the

Garrison Hospital Nursing

Facility. Funeral services

will be held on Friday at

2:00 pm at Trinity Luth-

eran Church in Douglas.

Burial will be held at the

Garrison City Cemetery in

the spring.

Visitation will be held

on Thursday from 3 to 6

pm at Thompson Funeral

Home in Garrison.

Celesta Elaine Ostby

was born October 10,

1932 to Newell and Emma

(Russel) Wretling in

Garrison, ND. She attend

ed school in Garrison and

graduated from Garrison

High School. During high

school she worked at Ro-

binson Drug as a “soda


Celesta married Nor-

man Ostby on December

17, 1950. They made their

home on the Greendale

Farm in Douglas Town-

ship. For many years she

did the farm wife duties;

cook, garden, and any-

thing else that needed to

get done. Later in life,

Celesta worked at the

Benedictine Living Center

in the Activities Depart-

ment. 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 ac-

tivities the church pro-

vided. She was a member

of the T.O.P.S. Club and

helped with bandparents.

Celesta’s most cherished

times were spending time

with her family and

friends; however, cho-

colate of any sorts came in

a close second!

Celesta is survived by

her children, Susan (Tim)

Engel, Beulah, ND, Shari

Mahoney, Green Acres,

FL, Stuart Ostby, Douglas,

ND; grandchildren, Chad

(Andrea) Engel, Amy

(Dave) Cline, Desire Engel

(Mike Mohl) Sarah (Jus-

tin) Miles, Dominique

Stoney (Chris Flux Gil-

bert) Erin Ostby

(Marshall); great-grand-

children, 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, Nor-

man Pigeon, Vernon Ost-

by and David Birkholz,

sister-in-law, Shirley Bir-


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