Sarah Marie Ostlund obituary


Sarah Marie Ostlund escaped her earthly struggles on May 3, 2022 in Billings.

Sarah was born in 1931, in Malta, Montana, the second of 10 children of Albert and Olga Solberg. Her beautiful red hair matched her beautiful disposition. Growing up on her father’s farm north of Dodson, she began working at a young age, helping with household chores and caring for her younger siblings. She walked with several neighboring cousins ​​three miles to Longview School until she finished eighth grade. While attending high school 11 miles away in Dodson, she lived in a boarding house during the week.

After graduating from high school in 1949, Sarah attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota for a year before returning to Malta and taking a job as a telephone operator. She married Don Williams in 1954 and they had a son, David.

Later, as a single mother, Sarah worked night shifts at the Malta Telephone Company while a friend watched over David. They returned to the family farm whenever they could. Her younger brothers looked forward to her visits as she usually brought them a small treat. She often carried a Brownie camera and was probably responsible for much of our family’s collection of old black and white photos.

In 1965, she married Edward Ostlund in Le Havre. They lived at the port of Wild Horse on the northwest border of Le Havre, where Edward was an American customs officer. In this marriage, David gained sisters Becky and Melissa and, within a few years, another sibling, Dale and Ann Marie.

Sarah thrived as a wife, mother, and homemaker, and selflessly supported her family’s pursuits and interests. Fortunately, our interest in sweets matched his interest in baking. Besides pies, bars and cakes, the cookie jar was always full (with more in the freezer). She regularly baked a dozen or more loaves of bread at a time, plus rolls, which would be frozen so we never ran out. Cinnamon roll day was very special. Anyone who stopped by would be offered a cup of coffee and a plate of homemade pastries, and every church potluck included at least one of his desserts. Her adult children and grandchildren received a fresh supply of cookies each visit.

Sarah taught herself how to sew and make clothes, zipper bags and even insulated jackets. Later, she focused on scrap quilts and assembled many unique designs. Some of these quilts were donated by the church, but many went to her children, grandchildren, and other family members. She always said they were “to be used”, and the now tattered covers show we took her word for it.

In 1979, Sarah and her mother spent six weeks visiting her parents’ home in Norway. She continued to exchange letters with her Norwegian relatives for many years.

When Ed retired in 1989, they “temporarily” moved into the Solberg home in Dodson. Eleven years later they moved to Sand Coulee, just across the hill from Sarah’s brother Sid and his family. They became active members of the Lutheran Peace Church in Great Falls. Although she enjoyed attending church activities, Sarah was very happy to stay home most of the time, cooking, sewing, reading, and writing letters. She enjoyed watching wildlife move through her yard and casting behind the house.

For many years, Sarah kept a daily diary, recording the day’s events and the weather. She also kept a guest book by the front door and enjoyed reviewing the many years of signatures and notes left by visitors young and old. She wrote hundreds of cards and letters to her friends and family for birthdays, Christmas and just because. Until she hit her mid-80s, she regularly walked the two miles back and forth from home to the mailbox, eager to pick up the day’s mail. For nearly 20 straight years, Sarah has walked with her daughter, granddaughters and other family members in the annual Montana Women’s Run which takes place every Mother’s Day weekend in Billings.

Upon retirement, Sarah and Ed traveled many miles across the United States and Alaska with their trailer. They loved Montana but preferred the warmer southern climate in the winter. Sarah sent many postcards and letters along the way.

Sarah and Ed lived in Sand Coulee until 2019 when a health issue brought them to Billings. Again, it was meant to be temporary, but declining health said otherwise. Her family in Billings will be forever grateful to have had her so close during her final years.

Throughout her life, Sarah embodied the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. She was a genuinely kind and gentle soul, and her health issues did nothing to diminish that. Even though it became more difficult for her to speak, she was still interested and concerned about others. “How are you? How are the kids? Have you eaten?” We never heard her complain, even when she had good reason. Until the very end, her gentle nature impacted everyone she met. Sarah loved being at home, and now she is forever safe in her eternal, heavenly home.

Thank you to the staff at Butterfly Homes and Highgate for the excellent care she received.

Sarah was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Olga Solberg; the brothers Ingwald Solberg, Norman Solberg, Harold Solberg and Edward Solberg; sister Selma Miller; sisters-in-law Alice Solberg, Eva Solberg and Gladys Jacobson; and his brothers-in-law Frank Miller, Robert Ostlund and Russell Jacobson. She is survived by her husband, Ed, of 56; sons David (Rosie) Williams and Dale (Jana) Ostlund; daughters Becky (Bob) McDiarmid, Melissa (Paul) Pierson; and Ann Marie (Troy) Boucher; grandchildren Darren Lundstrom, Cory Lundstrom, Kaitlyn Williams, Sean Williams, James Pierson, Katie Pierson, Sonja Ostlund, Wes Ostlund, Jessica Ostlund, Nicolena Boucher, Sarah Boucher and Buddy Boucher; and great-granddaughter Megan (Jon) Knehans; brothers Art (Sue) Solberg; Sid (Merrimae) Solberg; Carl (January) Solberg; and Ralph (Shari) Solberg; sisters-in-law Virginia Solberg, Polly Solberg and Gen Horne; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Avenue. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.

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