MARGARET E. OSTERBY
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Margaret E. "Peg" (nee Bakke) Osterby, age 91, of Hopkins, MN, formerly of Annandale, MN and Green Valley, AZ, passed away peacefully on Oct. 29, 2013 surrounded by family. Preceded in death by her husband, Norman Osterby, and her sisters Lois Frazier and Helen Romo. Survived by son Greg (Connie) Olson; grandchildren, Katie (Nick) Crosby, Lynn (Tim) Heeren, Matt (Candi) Olson and Adam Olson; 8 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Erik Osterby and Krisan (Jay) Benson and their daughter Kaj.
Peg grew up in northeast Minneapolis, the oldest daughter of George and Stella Bakke. Her family encouraged intellectual curiosity and it was there that she developed her love of reading, gardening, travel and all people.
Peg retired as a teacher from Meadowbrook Elementary in Golden Valley in 1980 after 30 years of devotion to her students. Peg thrived on imparting a love for learning to her young students and arrived at school with an exuberance that was as vibrant her last day as it was her first. She attributed the elegance and grace she exhibited as a teacher to her education and experiences at Miss Woods' Teacher College and Macalester College.
Peg and Norm retired to Annandale where she became an active citizen of her adopted community and worked tirelessly as a member of the Improvement Club and the United Methodist Church of Annandale. Peg was particularly devoted to Camp Friendship and used her educational skills to promote the goals and good works of Camp Friendship.
In their later years Peg and Norm spent their winters in Arizona, enjoying making new friends, the mild climate and desert scenery. She particularly enjoyed the new challenges of desert gardening. Peg maintained her intellectual curiosity and openness to new ideas until her passing, often involving family and friends in discussions of today's news.
Visitation 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, W 50th St and Vernon Ave at Hwy 100, Edina. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. also at the funeral chapel. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Camp friendship, Annandale, MN or Annandale United Methodist Church.
Washburn McReavy Funeral Chapels Edina Chapel
5000 West 50th Street (at Highway 100)
Edina, MN 55436
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Nov. 3, 2013