Marcia Ostlund

Funeral services for Marcia Ostlund, 70, of Jefferson will be held Friday at 2:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson with burial at a later date. There will be no visitation prior to the service but viewing will take place at the church. A gathering of remembrance for Marcia will be held following the service at the Jefferson Elks Lodge from 3:30 to 8:00 pm where the family will greet friends. Friends are encouraged to wear black and gold at the service as Marcia was a avid Hawkeye fan.

Survivors include her husband, Bill, son Andy, his wife Ann and their son, George of Prairie Village, KS., daughter Sarah of Webster City, brothers; Will Niebuhr of Indiana, Bob Niebuhr of Missouri, Don Niebuhr of Arizona, Butch Denise) Niebuhr of Perry sisters; Marilyn Albright of Iowa City and Marlyce Hollis of Florida, sisters-in-laws; Mindy (Billy) Harkins of Colorado and Janis (Tim) Garber of California and brother-in-law; John (Beth) Ostlund of Virginia.

Memorials are suggested to be given to Iowa Public Television or to the Jefferson Trinity Lutheran Church Choir Fund.

Marcia Ann Ostlund, the daughter of Albert F. and Martha (Peterman) Niebuhr, was born January 14, 1947, in Webster City, Iowa, and left this life on March 31, 2017, at her home in Jefferson, Iowa. She lived her life to the age of 70 years, 2 months and 17 days.
Marcia grew up in Webster City and attended Webster City High School. In her junior year, she moved to Perry and graduated in 1965. She attended Webster City Junior College and received an associate’s degree and later attended the University of Iowa.
On April 14, 1968, Marcia Niebuhr was united in marriage to William Ostlund at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Webster City. They lived in Iowa City until Bill’s graduation. They then moved to Laramie, Wyoming, for three years, where Bill attended law school. Upon completion of his schooling, they lived one year in Anamosa, Iowa, where Bill clerked for Justice Rees. During that year, their son Andy was born on January 26, 1973. Marcia and Bill came to Jefferson in July of that year. Their daughter Sarah was born on March 13, 1974. From the time of their marriage, Marcia worked several jobs to help with the financial needs during Bill’s schooling. After coming to Jefferson, Marcia started working for the Jefferson REC-Midland Power Co. and retired after 39 years on her 65th birthday in 2012.
Marcia was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Jefferson and an active member in the church choir. Marcia was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and was a member of the University of Iowa I-Club Foundation and the Greene Co. I-Club. She was also a member of the Greene County Golf Club and of the Beta Tau Delta Sorority. Marcia served on the Jefferson School Board for 13 years and served as a member of the Iowa Development Board.
Marcia was first diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 1999 and received treatments into 2000 until declared to be in remission. She did very well for several years. In 2010, she was diagnosed with a high-grade uterine cancer and completed treatment in March of 2011. Throughout her treatments, she continued to work until her retirement. She ALWAYS had a positive attitude! Her team, “Team MOjo”; MO for Marcia Ostlund, was along her side throughout as she “Kicked her ICK”. In 2012, her uterine cancer metastasized to her lungs causing her treatments to resume. In the early part of summer in 2016, her doctor discontinued her treatments. Marcia reminded us often that she was “LIVING with cancer” not “dying of cancer.” She remained at home with the help of her family, especially her daughter Sarah and friend Josh and other caregivers.
Marcia is survived by her husband of 48 years, William (Bill), son Andy and his wife, Ann, and their son, George, of Prairie Village, KS, daughter Sarah, and three “granddogs” of Webster City, and her beloved pup, Belle, brothers; Will (DeLaine) Niebuhr of Fort Wayne, IN, Bob (Sherry) Niebuhr of Savannah, MO, Don Niebuhr of Prescott, AZ, and Butch (Denise) Niebuhr of Perry, sisters; Marilyn (Darold) Albright of Iowa City, and Marlyce Hollis of Ocala, FL, sisters-in-laws; Mindy (Billy) Harkins of Lakewood, CO, and Janis (Tim) Graber of Costa Mesa, CA, and brother-in-law, John (Beth) Ostlund of Centreville, VA, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, father and mother-in-law; John and Beverly (Juhl) Ostlund, a favorite grandma, Esther Juhl, a sister Martha Jean Niebuhr, brother-in-law Bill Hollis, sisters-in-law; Nancy Niebuhr and Beth Niebuhr and a niece Denise Albright.

11 thoughts on “Marcia Ostlund

  1. Joan Collison

    Marcia was a princess warrior! She handled everything that came her way with such dignity and grace-nothing ever brought her down! What a rich legacy she leaves to Sara and Andy!

  2. Bob & Phyllis Hicks

    Sorry to learn of Marcia’s passing. We send our sympathy to the families. We will be unable to attend the service but you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Always hold onto and remember the good times had with Marcia. Hugs.
    The Hicks

  3. Bruce Keeney

    A die hard Hawk fan she was indeed. Her optimistic attitude was always on display during her time at Midland, and she was always ready to take the next call or to otherwise serve the Members of Midland anyway she could. My heartfelt condolences to her family.

  4. Janet kennedy

    Marcia was a wonderful caring gal. My sincere sympathies to Bill, Sarah and Andy and families. She will be missed by many. From a fellow Hawkeye fan. Love from Janet Kennedy.

  5. Rick and Jane Dierenfeldt

    Bill and family,
    Our thoughts are with you in this time of loss. Tend your memories and revisit those memories often.
    Take care of each other.

  6. Nancy Richardson

    The world has lost a gentle and loving soul. My thoughts are with her family…holding you all close to my heart through this tough time. I cannot attend the service as I am still out of state, but will be thinking of all of you…and toasting Marcia Friday afternoon. What a lovely human being!

  7. Nicholas Rowley

    Marcia was always so kind to me growing up. There were times when it felt like the whole world was crashing down and I always knew I could walk next door and knock and have somebody to talk to. Marcia was always glowing with happiness and love. Such a sweet wonderful soul who raised two great kids, both of whom I always looked up to. My thoughts and prayers are with this most wonderful family. Our bodies die just like Christ’s body did, but w do not. She still lives, might just be resting for a bit; Marcia is one of the people I really look forward to seeing again someday when my body stops working. Her life and what she brought to this world is a true gift to all who knew her.

  8. Steve Struchen

    Marcia moved away before graduating with the Webster City High School of 1965 but we still claimed her as one of our classmates in the “Class of 65″. She attended our 50th reunion in 2015 and I was not surprised to see that she was still the same “nice” person we all knew in school. Marcia was a friend to all and we share her loss with her family. We are all going to miss her. GO HAWKS!

  9. Teresa Rotschafer

    Sarah, Bill and family – so sorry of hear of Marcia’s passing. She was a heck of a fighter!!!! I enjoyed serving on a board with her years ago and I think of you Sarah often and our exchange in the back pew at Trinity Church in Webster City, as your mother was suffering. My thoughts and prayers of strength for all of you.

  10. Jane Rowland

    Marcia and I shared our love for the Iowa Hawkeyes. We even had a special cheer and I would like you all to know that at this particular time, I am not really really ready! But she was ready and so we are celebrating her life, not saddened by it. On one of her last days she told me that our friendship was special and that she told Bill we just “got each other”. How much more can you hope for from a friend?

  11. Linda Muth

    Bill, Sarah, Andy and Ann, We share in your sadness. We have fond memories of our friendship with Marcia.

    Love and blessings to you!

    Fred and Linda

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