John Ostenson obituary

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Friday, July 27, 1923
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It again becomes our duty to chronicle the death of one of our respected citizens, Mr. John Ostenson who passed away at the hospital at Rochester Tuesday evening July 17.

The deceased was born in Telemarken, Norway in the year 1851. There he was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church and a few years later came with his parents, brothers and sisters to America and settled in this Rugby for several years, while cover community where he has since resided first in Nevada Township, later in Lyle Township and for the past fourteen years has resided within the village.

He was married July 2, 1882 to Amelia Sundem. This union was blessed with seven children all of whom are living. He was a member of the Six Mile Grove church until recently when this membership was transferred to the Lyle Lutheran church. He took a great deal of interest in the churches and schools of this community and was always eager to assist in its upbuilding and advancement.

Mr. Ostenson possessed an amiable disposition which won for his a host of friends. During his illness he was never heard to complain but took great comfort in the promises of the life hereafter and expressed his readiness and desire to meet his Maker.

He leaves to mourn his loss a widow, one son and six daughters. They are Mrs. T. A. Thompson of Lyle, Alfred of Nevada, Minnie, Elsie, Cora and Lillian who are at home and Mrs. R. B. Hammond of Glenville. Also three brothers and three sisters, Tollef of Lyle, Ole and George of Nevada, Mrs. T. Sverson of Nevada, Mrs. C. K. Olson of Lyle and one sister who remained in Norway.

Funeral services were held at the Lyle Lutheran church last Friday at 1:30 p. m. and interment was made at Six Mile Grove Cemetery.

Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither in the north
wind's breath.
And stars to set-but all
Thou hast all seasons for thine own,
oh Death!

We know when moons shall wane,
When summer birds from far shall
cross the sea.
When autumn's hue shall tinge the
golden grain-
But who shall teach us when to look
for thee?


To those who so kindly remembered
us by word and deed and especially
those who assisted in the services and
who sent floral offerings to our loved
one, we wish to express our sincere
Mrs. John Ostenson and family.