A memorial service celebrating the lives of Kent and Natalie Ostgaard will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at the church at 12 Noon.
Kent Wayne Ostgaard, 49, and Natalie Joy Ostgaard, 51, died during the early morning hours of Monday, March 3, 2014, at their rural Crookston, MN residence of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.
Kent was born in Crookston on November 24, 1964 to the union of Vernon and Deloris (Volker) Ostgaard. He grew up on the family farm near Eldred, MN and graduated from Climax High School in 1983. Kent went on to attend the AVTI in East Grand Forks where he received an Associate degree in Diesel Mechanics. For several years he was employed on area farms.
Natalie was born in Crookston on December 19, 1962, and was the daughter of Delmer and Eunice (Larson) Paulson. She grew up in Crookston and was a member of the Class of 1981 at Central High School. She attended Bemidji State College and the U of M-Crookston, from which she received an Associate degree in creative writing. Natalie was employed by the US Census Bureau and later for various Crookston businesses.
Kent and Natalie were united in marriage on October 23, 1993 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston. Their union was blessed with three daughters, Aryanna, Cyrina, and Gabriela. For many years Kent was employed by New Flyer in Crookston. Natalie was familiar to many throughout the Crookston area as the news-features editor for the Crookston Daily Times from 2002 until 2013. Kent enjoyed being outdoors, along with favorite hobbies that included building, tinkering, and “projects.” He was also very interested in the sciences and history. Natalie loved writing, as a hobby as well as her vocation, and was also a very talented photographer. She liked to keep in touch with family and friends via facebook and other social media, sharing what was going on in the lives of her family. Both Natalie and Kent loved animals, and Natalie had a real soft spot for anything unicorn related. Together, Kent and Natalie were extremely proud of their three girls and their accomplishments in life thus far, knowing that the best was yet to come. The support they gave the girls was unfailing, and their love unconditional. For all who were a part of their lives, Kent and Natalie will be remembered with love and smiles, and very sadly missed.
They leave behind their three daughters: Aryanna of Crookston, Cyrina, a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Gabriela, a junior at Crookston High School. Also surviving is Kent’s brother, Kraig (Torrey) Ostgaard of Fisher, MN and his children: Dylan, Nicholas, Amber, and Alexis; Natalie’s siblings: Larry (Debbie) Paulson of Crookston, Bradley Paulson of Fargo, ND, and Jeffrey Paulson (Val Nygaard) of Seattle, WA , and their daughter, Melanie (David) Newcombe. They are also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives; and preceded in death by their parents, Vernon and Deloris Ostgaard and Delmer and Eunice Paulson. Blessed be the memories of Kent and Natalie.
A memorial service celebrating the lives of Kent and Natalie Ostgaard will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston with The Rev. Bill Reck, officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at the church at 12 Noon. The Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Jolanda Anderson who has been with Aryanna throughout her stay at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Memorials may be directed to The Ostgaard Family c/o Bremer Bank, 201 North Broadway, Crookston, MN 56716.
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