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Helen Ann Ostby


1925 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
October 21, 1925 - August 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. 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 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 daughters Karen Gonsoulin (Armand), Martha Jackson (Jim), Nancy Bradford, and Barbara Jackson. She is also survived by grandchildren Jennifer Wade-Champagne, Jamie Dennis-Jackson, John Gonsoulin, Jennifer Childress, Dawn League, Kristen Jackson, Adam Jackson, Jessica Blagg, Douglas Bradford, Katie Bradford, Lindsay Kelley, Travis Jackson and Bailey Jackson. Her family continued to grow and she is also survived by thirteen great grandchildren.


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.
Published in Express-News on Aug. 12, 2018
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