Lila C. OstremDecember 7, 1917 ~ February 15, 2017 (age 99)
Lila Cornelia Ostrem, age 99, passed away on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. She was born December 7th, 1917, in rural Vernon County to Anton and Caroline (Pederson) Lee, the youngest of eleven children. Lila was baptized and confirmed in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Westby. Lila attended Eide School in rural Westby. She was united in marriage to Harvey Ostrem of Viroqua on Ocober 12th, 1940, in Waukon, Iowa. Together, the couple farmed on several locations in the Viroqua area before settling on the farm on Springville Road. Lila was a tireless worker, helping in the barn morning and evening, gardening, raising tobacco, cooking for threshing and tobacco crews, and raising chickens. She was a faithful member of Bethel Lutheran Church, WELCA, and the Rachel Circle. Lila was also an avid advocate for 4-H. True to her Norwegian heritage, Lila always welcomed guests into her home at Christmastime with an abundant supply of lefse and several varieties of flatbread. She continued making lefse into her 90’s. Lila moved to town in April, 1994, after 47 years on the farm. She greatly enjoyed visits from her nieces and nephews and looked forward to weekly phone conversations with her sister Evelyn in Caledonia, Minnesota and her niece Darlene in Chaseburg. Lila spent the last four years of her life at the Bethel Home in Viroqua. The family wishes to thank the staff for their care and concern during that time.
Lila is survived by two sons, Gary (Sandy Weber) and DuWayne (Leeann) Ostrem, both of Viroqua, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and friends.
In addition to her husband in 1987, Lila was preceded in death by infant twin daughters, Donna and Diane, her parents, Anton and Caroline Lee, four brothers, Oscar, Lyder, Alvin, and Nordahl, and six sisters, Mamie,Nora, Selma, Alaida, Gladys, and Evelyn.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church, with Pastor Pete Beckstrand officiating. Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will take place in the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery. The family asks memorials be directed to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be left at www.thorsonfuneralhome.com
The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua is serving the family.