Charlene Ann Ostman

August 19, 1927April 10, 2018

Charlene (Truscott) Ostman, 90, of Midway Township passed away in her home April 10th due to cancer.

She grew up in the Woodland neighborhood of Duluth and graduated from Central High School. She married Floyd Ostman, settled on his family farm in Midway Township, and had one daughter. Charlene worked many years as a bank teller at the Duluth National Bank in the West End, as a bookkeeper for Proctor Builders’ Supply, many years as a teller at the Proctor Federal Credit Union, and as treasurer of Augustana Lutheran Church in Midway. She also worked side by side with Floyd running their dairy farm for nearly 40 years. She was diligent and dedicated in everything she did. Charlene enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing the organ, baking, cooking and following Minnesota Twins baseball. She was very involved with her church, and loved helping with their church dinners and annual bazaar. Her baked specialties of orange bread, fruitcakes and pies were well known and sought after around the area. For a time she baked for farmers’ markets in Proctor and Duluth, and helped out in the home arts area at the Proctor Fair. She also especially loved participating in organ lessons and the friends she made in these groups.

Charlene was cheerful, easy going, patient, generous and a friend to all. She thoroughly enjoyed people, loved to visit, had an amazing memory, and always had stories to tell about the farm and other happenings. She was strong, smart and immensely capable – problem solving around the farm, making repairs, driving tractors and tending cows.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Mildred Truscott, Beatrice (Abby) Lyons, and Dorothy Dallmann, brothers Roy Truscott and Ashley Truscott, and husband Floyd.

She is survived by daughter Peggy Ostman (Duluth), two grandcats, many special nieces and nephews, and a community of friends.

A heartfelt thank you to the Essentia Health Hospice team, Cancer Center, and West Duluth Clinic staff for their excellent care and kindness.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 17th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18th at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3251 Midway Road. Memorials may be made to Augustana Lutheran Church, 3251 Midway Road, Duluth, MN 55810. Please leave a memory of Charlene or words of support for her family at


  • Peggy Ostman, Daughter
  • Charlene is also survived by her two grandcats; many special nieces and nephews; and a community of friends.

  • Tim Dallmann, Active Pallbearer
  • Roger Landro, Active Pallbearer
  • Bill Truscott , Active Pallbearer
  • Bob Truscott, Active Pallbearer
  • Ken Truscott, Active Pallbearer
  • Jerry Truscott, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Charlene Ann Ostman

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Peggy Ostman

May 8, 2018

Thanks so much to all of you who shared your condolences and memories of mom here. It's wonderful to hear the memories others have of her and know she is remembered and missed by so many. She had a good life, did not suffer, and was happy until the end. Blessings to you all,

Barbara Hibbard

April 27, 2018

I just learned of the passing of dear Charlene. I visited Peggy and her Mum some years ago and remember the yummy cherry and apple pies she baked. She was a lovely lady and made me very welcome - I returned to Australia with lasting good memories. RIP dear Charlene.

Mark Lennartson

April 18, 2018

Peggy, Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. Mark has many fond memories of your parents, and of working on the farm. Charlene was such a kind person. With love, peace, prayers, and many blessings. Mark and Nancy Lennartson.

Kelly McFaul-Solem

April 17, 2018

I have wonderful memories of both of Peggy's parents - they were such hard-working and gentle people. Us "kids" had many fun times at the Ostman homestead building! She passed on her amazing cooking skills to Peggy as well as love of the outdoors and incredible work ethic! We kept in touch on and off through the years and even took her to see a big Ice Skating show once in Duluth - she really loved watching Figure Skating - especially in the mid-late 90s! She always had a new story to tell whenever I saw her and I loved receiving her Christmas cards each year - she will be missed by all who knew her. A real shining light!