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Dorothy Ostlie

Dorothy Ostlie, 80, of Northwood died Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 22, 2009 in the Bilden Funeral Home Chapel in Northwood with burial in Bethania Lutheran Cemetery rural Northwood.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services.

Dorothy Beatrice Jacobson was born October 10, 1928 at Kempton, North Dakota the daughter of Tollie and Mathilda (Jensvold) Jacobson. She attended school in Kempton and in Larimore, North Dakota. On June 29, 1947 she was united in marriage to Allen Ostlie. They made their homes in Northwood, North Dakota, Downey and Santa Rosa, California before returning home to a farm near Emerado, North Dakota in 1963. Dorothy worked at the Grand Forks Air Force Base Commissary for several years before she and her husband, along with Allen's nephew and family, built and operated the Green Goose Golf Course near Northwood. They sold the golf course, which is now the Northwood Golf Course, in 1987.
Dorothy enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, crocheting afghans for everyone she knew and loved to spoil her grandchildren. Her love for life was contagious and many will remember her for her quick wit and big smile. She was always "there" for people.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Kirsten Ostlie of Twisp, Washington and Martha (Bruce) Keifenheim of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, grandchildren, Aspen Prichard, Woodrow Keifenheim, Hillary Prichard, John Keifenheim and Josie Keifenheim; sisters, Linda (Marshall) Pratt of Ketchikan, Alaska, Sonia (Robert ) Lee, of Hatton, North Dakota and Olive Vanettie of Bothel, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Allen, brother, Arnold and sister, Theola "Rusty" Vondersmith.

Memorials may be directed to the Northwood Deaconess Health Center.

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The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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I was stationed at Grand Forks AFB from 1969 through 1975 and worked in the commissary with Dorothy. She welcomed me and treated me as family and enriched my life with her charm and humor. Even though I was far from home and alone I didn't feel alone as Dorothy and others with big hearts gave me a sense of family and belonging. I pray Dorothy's family knows she had the power to change the world and did. Rest in peace my precious friend.

Kenneth Russell Aug 26 2009 12:00 AM

Auntie Dorothy was one of a kind! I loved her wit, even when I was just a kid!! Even though I have lived away for many years, I can still hear her laugh: contagious! My love and hugs to the family. Cindy

Cindy Abalayan Aug 21 2009 12:00 AM

Martha and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you cherish the memories of your loved one. May you find strength in God's love and in each other in the coming weeks. May it comfort you to know God has prepared a glorious place for your loved one. In peace and prayer, Phyllis

Phyllis Ide Aug 21 2009 12:00 AM