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2014 January 7: Arlene Osthus

Arlene L. Osthus, age 89, of Sioux Falls, formerly of Watertown, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Bethany Lutheran Home in Sioux Falls. She was the widow of Clifford H. Osthus.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Watertown. The Rev. Janine Rew-Werling will officiate. Music will be provided by Lynn Osthus as organist with Pam Osthus as soloist.

Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Pallbearers will be Arlene’s grandchildren, Sarah Witt, Chad Osthus, Emily Osthus, Grant Osthus, Paul Osthus, Adam Smith, Derek Smith and Rebecca Osthus.

Visitation will be at the chapel on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. with a 5 p.m. prayer service and will continue prior to services at the chapel on Monday. The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Monday by 10 a.m. for a prayer service.

Arlene was born on June 20, 1924, at Davis to Carl and Fannie (DeVries) Erickson. She grew up on a farm south of Davis with her older brother, Wayne and younger sister, Gladys. Arlene was confirmed at Melhus Lutheran Church in rural Centerville. She graduated from Centerville High School in 1942.

On Feb. 2, 1944, Arlene married Clifford H. Osthus at Beresford. The couple farmed near Centerville, later moving into Centerville to operate Cliff’s Feed and Seed. Arlene also managed a dress shop. In 1962, they moved to Rapid City and in 1965, they moved to Watertown, where Arlene worked at Osco Drug and then K-Mart where she retired. Cliff passed away in 1985 and Arlene continued to make Watertown her home until moving to Sioux Falls in 2007.

She was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Watertown and a current member of Scandia Lutheran Church in Centerville. Arlene’s faith was of utmost importance to her. She enjoyed her work and loved spending time with her family. Family, faith and work were most important in her life. Arlene also enjoyed making lefsa and all of the family favorites. Her candy dish was always full!

Arlene is survived by her four children, Gordon (Lynn) Osthus of Watertown, Larry (Jodi) Osthus of Des Moines, Iowa, and Brent (Dianne) Osthus and Brenda (Merlin) Smith, all of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys (Wallace) Larson of Pierre; and three sisters-in-law, Erma Osthus of Viborg and Dagny Twedt and Bonnie Erickson, both of Beresford.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Wayne Erickson; and one half sister, Inez Pedersen.

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