Hazel Eleanor (Johnson) Ostenson was born April 5, 1925 to Hulda (Thornberg) and Andrew G.
Johnson in Lund Township, Douglas County. She passed away peacefully at the Evansville
Care Center on December 4, 2017 at 92 after a long and full life.
She was baptized and confirmed at Erdahl Lutheran Church and was a lifelong member until its
closing in 2005. She met her husband, Walter P. Ostenson, at a dance at the Barrett Pavilion
and they were married March 30, 1946. They raised their six children while living on the farm,
first west of Elbow Lake and then in Erdahl Township. She was active in the Erdahl Ladies Aid
and participated in the fall meatball and scalloped potatoes suppers for many years. She joined
Peace Lutheran Church in Ashby and was a faithful member.
Hazel was a homemaker and farmer’s wife; she helped out in the barn, took lunches out to the
field, and enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, and baking. She found time for quilting, crafting,
and collected cookbooks. She also baked and decorated most of the family’s birthday cakes
while the grandchildren were growing up. Her love of family and friends showed in her
entertaining with card and birthday parties, great food, and wonderful desserts. She passed on
the lefse tradition with annual lefse days, overseeing the process while offering tips and
suggestions for all the novices.
She fondly remembered the trip that she and Walter took to Norway with their son Roger, and
their bus trip to Washington D.C. Walter and Hazel enjoyed family celebrations, dances, time
with friends and family both in their home and at Lake Ina with the Johnson/Zickur family.
She is survived by her sister Gloria (Johnson) Zickur, her children Roger (Carmela) Ostenson,
Phoenix, Arizona, Curt (Betsy) Ostenson, Elbow Lake, Robert Ostenson, Elbow Lake, and
Jeffrey (Patsy) Ostenson, Ashby, her son-in-law Flo Kinzel, and her grandchildren, Jessica (Jim)
Krupicka, Ryan Ostenson, Marcus (Mercedes) Ostenson, Craig (Rose) Ostenson, Emily
Ostenson, Alex (Caileen) Ostenson, and Kyle (Abby) Ostenson, her great grandchildren,Tyler
Krupicka, Leif and Finnegan Ostenson, Bella Ostenson, and many nieces, nephews, and
She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter (2012), her parents, her brothers, Glen and
Vernon Johnson, infant daughter Carol Jean, her daughter, Michele (Ostenson) Kinzel, and her
son, Steven Ostenson.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you give to your favorite charity, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Visitation: 4:00 - 7:00 PM Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake and resuming one hour prior to the service at the church
Memorial Service: 11:00AM Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church of Ashby
Clergy: Reverend Carol Olson
Burial: West Elbow Lake Lutheran Cemetery
Online Condolences: EricksonSmithFH.com