OBITUARY

Helen Ann Ostby

October 21, 1925August 3, 2018
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Helen Ann Ostby died peacefully at home on August 3, 2018 following a life that spanned ninety two years. She was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin on October 21, 1925 to William and Mayme Fardy. She was the oldest of three children and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin where she met the love of her life. She married Wallace Ostby in 1945 and they remained devoted to each other until his death in 1990. Together they raised six children and spent over thirty years as a military family travelling the world. Wherever they moved, Helen made it a warm home for the family. It also instilled a love of travel in all their children. They fell in love with San Antonio and made it their permanent home in 1976. Helen was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church since moving to San Antonio. She was very active in the Blessed Sacrament Circle for over thirty years. In addition, she took Eucharist to the nursing home residents and other homebound parishioners. She was very devoted to the Catholic Church and was a faithful servant of God. Helen’s health began deteriorating five years ago and she was only given a few weeks to live. The Good Lord was not ready for her yet and the family was blessed with additional time with their beloved mother and Gummy. She was loved very much by her surviving four daughters, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel (Ret) Wallace L. Ostby, her daughter Donna Elizabeth Kelley, and her son Paul William Ostby. She is survived by her sister Mary Alice Anacker, her brother William Fardy and his wife Micki, daughters Karen Gonsoulin and her husband Armand, Martha Jackson and her husband Jim, Nancy Bradford, and Barbara Jackson. She is also survived by grandchildren Jennifer Wade-Champagne, Jamie Dennis-Jackson (Aaron), John Gonsoulin (Amy), Jennifer Childress (Nathan), Dawn League (T.J.), Kristen Jackson (Stefan), Adam Jackson (Kristie), Jessica Blagg (Shane), Douglas Bradford (Bri), Katie Bradford, Lindsay Kelley, Travis Jackson and Bailey Jackson. Her family continued to grow and she is also survived by thirteen great grandchildren including Jordan, Kaitlyn, Brooke, Patrick, Phillip, Carlee, Vivian, Charlotte, Katherine, Hazel, Henry, Cora, and Grayson. The family is very grateful to the care Helen received from Heart to Heart Hospice, particularly her nurse Erica Schaefer as well as from her loving caretaker Annabella Pina. Visitation will be held at Sunset Memorial Park and Funeral Home at 1701 Austin Highway at 6 PM on Sunday, August 19 with rosary following at 7 PM. The funeral Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 8134 Blanco Road at 10 AM on Monday, August 20 with a reception and luncheon following at the church. Interment will be at Fort Sam National Cemetery and will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. PJ’s Children’s Home at 919 Mission Road, San Antonio, Texas 78210 or to the charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel (Ret) Wallace L. Ostby, her daughter Donna Elizabeth Kelley, and her son Paul William Ostby. She is survived by her sister Mary Alice Anacker, her brother William Fardy and his wife Micki, daughters Karen Gonsoulin and her husband Armand, Martha Jackson and her husband Jim, Nancy Bradford, and Barbara Jackson. She is also survived by grandchildren Jennifer Wade-Champagne, Jamie Dennis-Jackson (Aaron), John Gonsoulin (Amy), Jennifer Childress (Nathan), Dawn League (T.J.), Kristen Jackson (Stefan), Adam Jackson (Kristie), Jessica Blagg (Shane), Douglas Bradford (Bri), Katie Bradford, Lindsay Kelley, Travis Jackson and Bailey Jackson. Her family continued to grow and she is also survived by thirteen great grandchildren including Jordan, Kaitlyn, Brooke, Patrick, Phillip, Carlee, Vivian, Charlotte, Katherine, Hazel, Henry, Cora, and Grayson.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Rosary Service Sunday, August 19, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 20, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, August 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

Helen Ann Ostby

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Janice Anacker Locker

August 19, 2018

"At this sad time, Let there be hope. Let there be stories. Let there be celebration of life well-lived."

That's what I think Aunt Helen would desire. I will miss her handwritten letters as she was one of the best letter writers ever. Soooo happy my Mom (her sister), my sisters Peggy & Teri and I celebrated Aunt Helen's 80th Birthday traveling to San Antonio. It really was special making a connection with y'all. And then you returned to Wisconsin a couple years later to celebrate my Mom's 80th. It was a happy occasion for everyone but particularly so for Helen and Mary Alice and Billy, family and many of their cousins.

Words are never enough at a time like this but know that caring thoughts are with you.

Hugs,

Cousin Janice

Mary Longloy

August 19, 2018

Dear Ostby Family,
Your Mother was so very special. She was always so kind and happy. She always looked so pretty with all her matching accesories . I remember her laugh when Martha and my sister were learning to play the accordion! Always a smile and so welcoming when we came to visit. No doubt the angels are rejoicing in her entering heaven.
Most sincerely,
Mary Longloy

Patrick Gonsoulin

August 19, 2018

I remember that we would normally go visit Gummy in her apartment, when we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa (Karen and Armand). We always used to make the drive down to San Antonio from Austin. Once we went to Luby's together and had a nice meal together. I remember that she had a bunch of Wisconsin and UT stuff. We were both fans of the Dallas Cowboys. My mom told me that when my dad (John) called to tell her my name, that she really liked the fact that it was Irish. Today, Phillip and I lit a candle in your honor. I really miss you, Gummy. Thank you for everything.

With love, Patrick

Dawn League

August 19, 2018

I am grateful that Gummy was my faithful pen pal for over a decade. This meant so much to me because for most of my life, I lived far away from her and didn't see her often. I thankfully kept many of her letters, and reading over them again, I was reminded of how many ways she showed her love and support for her grandchildren. Specifically, she said she had a special time of prayer daily for all of us.
I will also cherish the memories of visiting Gummy with Vivian and Katherine and how much they loved her and how happy it made Gummy to see them. Finally, something that really will stick with me is how during these visits, Gummy expressed such gratitude for her family and others that took such good care of her.

Vivian League

August 19, 2018

Gummy was very kind. She meant a lot to me. Gummy made my day every day. I loved her very much. Gummy let me play with her stuffed animals and push them in her wheelchair. I also remember one time when Gummy let Uncle Armand push me in her wheelchair.

Katherine League

August 19, 2018

I remember playing with Gummy's angel bear. I also remember asking my mama to play the snow globe music over and over so I could dance and do a somersault for Gummy. Gummy smiled while she was watching me.

Martha Jackson

August 19, 2018

There are so many things I would like to say about my mother that it’s difficult to choose. First and foremost, she was a woman of deep faith in God. No matter what she faced, that never wavered. Secondly, she was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. That was her one and only career. She wasn’t always able to express it with words, but you knew you were loved when you came to visit and found a batch of brownies or a banana split pie waiting for you. I don’t remember her ever taking a sick day.
She was incredibly strong. She travelled halfway across the country and then across the Pacific with 6 and 18-month olds to join my father in Japan. She took care of three young children in Louisiana while he served in the Korean War. Through all the moves, every new place was home. She always found the good where we lived and taught us to love travels and adventures.
She loved reading, another gift she passed down to us. I have such fond memories of having my own library card and going to the bookmobile. She loved music and theater. My first live theater experiences were with her. My children and now grandchildren continue that love.
The photo I am sharing shows the butter dishes some of the grandchildren mentioned. So many hours of fun.
Thanks for everything, Mom. I love you.

Jessica Blagg

August 19, 2018

I have so many great memories from my childhood of Gummy, but a few of my favorite ones are listed below. First, the butter containers. I could sit on the kitchen floor for hours stacking those containers. However, as an adult thinking back on it I wonder how in the world someone has so many butter containers. Second, the gum drawer. I was always so excited to pick out my piece of gum from the gum drawer. Lastly, all the games. Go Fish, Candy Land, etc. Even when I was probably too old to enjoy playing those games, I still looked forward to it each time we went to Gummy’s house.

As an adult I will always remember the Easter brunches. Those are some of the best meals I’ve ever had. But even better than the meals were the great family memories we created. I will always cherish those.

Last but not least, I will always remember when I got to introduce my oldest daughter, Hazel, to Gummy. I was so proud and honored Hazel got to meet such an amazing woman. Hazel was too young to remember it, but I will never forget.

Katie Bradford

August 18, 2018

I have many fond memories of Gummy. One of my favorites was getting to play Go Fish with her. I loved that she had special cards that actually had fish pictures on them. We had so much fun! I also remember playing dress up with Lindsay and Jessica in her dresses. We always felt so grown up and beautiful. I know many hours were spent playing and swimming in her apartment pool. Gummy would sit on the side with a big smile on her face the entire time. We always felt so lucky because we didn’t have access to a pool normally. Lastly, something I’ll never forget is the green room. I used to jump across the beds back and forth; I’m not sure if she knew I was doing that. I remember feeling so excited when the green room moved with her to the apartment. I don’t know why, but I just loved that room. I love Gummy and will cherish the memories of her forever.

Amy Crowley-Gonsoulin

August 17, 2018

I remember how proud she was to walk down the aisle at our wedding. She was always so sweet and caring towards me, right up to the very end. She made me feel like a part of the family. A few weeks before she passed, I was in a bicycle accident. Karen joked that Gummy and I could have races with our walkers. I was so surprised that she took the time to send me a hand-written note letting me know she was praying for me and wished me a quick recovery. It meant the world to me; I carried the note with me for several days because it made me feel loved and cherished. It was so thoughtful of her to think of me. I will miss her, but I will always think of her when I go to Mass.