Anita Ost, 86, of Montevideo, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Rosewood Assisted Living in Montevideo.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Montevideo, with the Rev. Kent Borglum officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.
Anita June (Zielsdorf) Ost was born June 9, 1933, in Benson, the first born child of Alfred and Mabel (Brummer) Zielsdorf. She was baptized June 27, 1933, and confirmed May 18, 1947, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Grace Township, which was the religious home for the family in those years and, later also the place of her marriage. Anita grew up on the family farm northeast of the “Seventeen Mile Corner” neighborhood, in Grace Township, Chippewa County, where the corner stores were gathering spots for sharing of current events and family activities by locals living nearby.
Anita attended elementary school grades 1-8 at a one room country school in Grace Township. Her education continued at Benson High School where she graduated in 1951. Following graduation she utilized her high school studies and aptitudes for business-related stenographic and bookkeeping skills. She worked at a variety of banking and office job opportunities, in western Minnesota, Maryland and Alaska, as she followed her husband's U.S. Army assignments.
Anita endeared herself to others with her cheerful and witty personality in school, work, church and social activities. Her church was very important to her. She was active in the Lutheran church as Sunday school teacher, Ladies Aid, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, including several years on boards of the Minnesota North District LWML. She was at Houston, Texas, attending the National LWML convention when the Moon Landing was done in 1969.
Anita met Julius Ost, who turned out to be the love of her life, at a youth-sponsored dance activity in Benson on Valentine's Day, 1952. They were married eleven months later, Jan. 10, 1953, a marriage that endured for over 66 years. That union produced two children, Carol June Ost and Bradley Julius Ost. After arrival of their first child, Anita was a stay-at-home mother from 1955 to the early 1970s when she began work as a receptionist at Brookside Manor. Later she started working at the Chippewa County Courthouse, first in the recorder's office, then the courts and then the license bureau where she was promoted to the director's position, a position she held until her retirement in 1990. At her various workplaces she thoroughly enjoyed the continuing contacts with the public and coworkers.
In Anita's leisure she engaged in a variety of community venues at the Senior Center as book club and senior writing, and various sewing activities such as quilting, embroidery, cross stitching. She and husband Jule did volunteer work where they adopted maintenance of the post office building at the Chippewa County Historical Society. The two of them enjoyed traveling by driving trips which they did by visiting all fifty states and Canada, seeking special destinations likely to be any of the National Parks. Their international journeys took them to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the island republic of Fiji.
Except for the military time, Anita and Jule were lifetime residents of Chippewa County with most of that time at 1428 N 5th St. in Montevideo. Anita loved to entertain and that showed as family relatives and friends enjoyed coming to their home for many special family gatherings for good food and fun.
Preceding Anita in death were her parents, Alfred and Mabel.
She is survived by her husband, Julius; her children, Carol (and Jon) Farchmin, of Duluth, and Bradley (and Janet) Ost, of Eden Prairie; grandsons, Kurt (and Maggie) Farchmin, Matthew (and Rita) Farchmin, Andrew Ost, and Austin Ost; great-grandsons, Anthony Farchmin, Marcus Farchmin, Henry Farchmin; great-granddaughters, Laura Farchmin and Evelyn Farchmin; sister, Alice Korn, of Willmar; brother, Robert (and Linda) Zielsdorf, of Benson; numerous nieces and nephews; and surviving cousins in Wisconsin.
Anita suffered from Alzheimer disease and was handicapped by declining health prior to the time of her death. Blessed be her memory.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. John's Lutheran church. With great appreciation, the Ost Family gives a sincere thank you to the many folks engaged in Anita's long term care needs, at Luther Haven, Home Front, and Rosewood Specialty Care. Anita and family are notably grateful for the compassionate professional guidance of Dr. Lana Dirksen.
Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Home, of Montevideo, was in charge of the arrangements. (online guest book at www.andersonfuneralmontevideo.com)