Mrs. Doris Laura Ostendorf of Nashville, IL departed this life at her residence on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 11:41 A.M. following a sudden illness. She had attained the age of 90 years, 9 months and 24.
Doris was born in Council Bluffs, IA on July 24, 1929 the daughter of Peter and Mary (nee Boehm) Kersten. She was united in marriage to Alvin F. Ostendorf in the St. Paul E & R Church in Council Bluffs on June 5, 1954 and he preceded her in death on January 11, 2004.
Mrs. Ostendorf was a homemaker and farm wife. A true partner working alongside her husband on the family farm, and like so many farm wives of that generation, she tended the garden, canned fruits and vegetables, baked pies and other desserts for countless fund raisers and Wurst Marts, made several quilts, and raised her children. Doris was known for her gardening. She would experiment with numerous seed varieties and tried to come up with something a little new or different each year. Mrs. Ostendorf was a faithful member of the St. John United Church of Christ in Plum Hill, where she was the last surviving charter member of the Women’s Guild. She was a member of the Washington County Farm Bureau and a former member of the Addieville Community Club. She was an avid reader and in the last several months and become quite adept at putting together jigsaw puzzles. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Mary Harre and husband Clarence of Nashville, John P. Ostendorf and wife Mona of Nashville, Marsha Francis and husband Keith of O’Fallon, IL, and Marlene Zbacnik of Ft. Collins, CO; eight grandchildren, Justin Harre and wife Renee of Nashville, Katherine Baunach and husband John Paul of Batavia, IL, Kelly Goforth and husband Jeff of Nashville, Nicholas Francis of St. Charles, MO and his fiancée Katie Blevins, Allison Aguilar and husband Nino of North Little Rock, AR. Zachary Zbacnik of Killeen, TX, Nathaniel Zbacnik of San Antonio, TX, and Mariah Klein and husband Peter of Mesa, AZ; eight great grandchildren, Brantley Harre, Madelyn and Logan Baunach and baby Baunach due in July, Peyton and Olivia Goforth, and Julianna and Evangeline Aguilar; her twin sister, Dorothy Krebs of Wilsonville, OR; other relatives and a host of friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Kersten; a son-in-law, Ted Zbacnik; and a brother-in-law, Orville Krebs.
Due to Covid-19 health concerns, a private service will be held.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the St. John Cemetery or to the charity of the donor’s choice and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com.