OBITUARY

Helen Ann Ostby

October 21, 1925August 3, 2018

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

19 August

Visitation

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunset Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas

19 August

Rosary Service

7:00 pm

Sunset Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway
San Antonio, Texas

20 August

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

8134 Blanco Road
San Antonio, Texas

20 August

Committal Service

2:30 pm

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, Texas

REMEMBERING

Helen Ann Ostby

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George Krueger

August 11, 2018

OSTBY GIRLS - Ione and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your Mother. She was a great lady and was so proud of her Daughters and Grandchildren. May the Lord Bless you during this difficult time. Ione and
George Krueger.



Kristen Jackson

August 9, 2018

So many of my memories are shared by Jennifer- the butter dishes, gum and books. I always loved going to Gummy’s house. I will always remember are special lunches. We would have a movie and lunch date at restaurants that only we liked. We did this fairly regularly but she’d always say how special our time was together. I loved seeing her when I was in elementary school and she was volunteering for the Altar Society- I’d give her a big smile and wave and was so proud to see her. One of my earliest memories was spending the night at her house- I must’ve be 5 or 6 and was probably feeling homesick- she slept in the green bedroom with me and we held hands across the twin beds until I’d fall asleep. There are so many moments of Gummy supporting, loving and caring for me. She truly blessed my life in countless ways. I miss her so much but I know she is so happy to be at home with her loved ones and the Lord. Thank you Gummy. I love you always.

Charlotte Dennis-Jackson

August 9, 2018

I loved drawing for Gummy and playing with her necklaces and little stuffies and giving her a soft huggle when I said “Goodbye”.

Nancy Bradford

August 8, 2018

My mother came to help me after the twins were born. We each were responsible for a baby during the night and would trade each night. It didn't matter if she had Doug or Katie, that was the baby that was fussy all night long and I got the baby that slept several hours. I was very appreciative for the help and for the sleep. My mother had such strength and determination. I see those same qualities in each of her daughter's, granddaughters and great granddaughters. We are very lucky to have such an amazing woman as our role model.

Jamie Dennis-Jackson

August 8, 2018

My fondest memories of Gummy were sharing music with her. She helped me appreciate Glen Miller, The Andrews Sisters, and all the greats. She loved musicals and took us to see them all the time. Our special show was “The Music Man. She once took me to a showing with a real Wells Fargo Wagon, horse and all. I now share that love with my own daughter. Goodnight, my Someone.

Beth Ham

August 8, 2018

I never met this grand Women, yet I know and love her extended family. I will honor her with loving thoughts and prayers on our shared date of birth.

Jennifer Childress

August 8, 2018

My favorite memories of Gummy are from when I was young and her making me cakes for my birthday and sitting on her kitchen floor playing/stacking empty butter containers. Of course I also remember her drawer full of gum and I have since started my own candy bucket tradition for our family :). I remember her reading books like Ms. Nelson is Missing and The Three Billy Goats Gruff which she read to me over and over again and I loved. I was most appreciative when she came to Austin after my daughters Kaitlyn and Brooke were born and her hand written letters on our birthdays. She was always so loving, nice and complimentary and I couldn’t have been blessed with a better grandmother. I love you Gummy and I know you are at peace in heaven watching over us.

FROM THE FAMILY