Phyllis Ostensoe, 95, of Granite Falls, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Granite Falls Manor. An informal gathering with family was held from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at the Wing-Bain Funeral Home in Granite Falls. A memorial service will be held in White Bear Lake, at a later date.
Phyllis Audrey Ostensoe was born in White Bear Lake, July 3, 1917, to Carl and Emily (Westburg) Mattlin. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and attended elementary and high school in White Bear Lake.
Following her high school graduation, she attended the University of Minnesota, obtaining degrees in Library Science and French. She then worked for a time at a hospital in Green Bay, Wis., as their chief librarian. Following the end of WWII, she married Frederick Ostensoe in March of 1946, at St. John’s in the Wilderness Episcopalian Church in White Bear Lake.
They resided for years in Canby, where Frederick practiced law. In 1960, they moved to Granite Falls. Frederick went on to become a county judge and Phyllis applied her skills as city librarian in the Granite Falls City Library. She was actually responsible for cataloging the entire library inventory. They moved back to White Bear Lake for a time and Frederick passed away in 1995. Phyllis then returned to Granite Falls.
She enjoyed reading, playing the piano, traveling and going on vacations. She was a loving wife, mother and friend to many.
She is survived by her two sons, Ken Ostensoe, of Minneapolis, and Jerry Ostensoe, of Granite Falls.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; brothers, Carl (and Emily) Mattlin, Carol Mattlin and Harold Mattlin.
Wing-Bain Funeral Home, of Granite Falls, was in charge of the funeral arrangements. (www.wingbain.com)