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Kathryn Ruth Ostlund

Kathryn Ruth Ostlund, age 65, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Cokato, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, after battles through liver disease, a liver transplant and complications, and finally through MDS (Myelodysplastic syndrome) and acute lymphoma.

Kathryn was born Dec. 14, 1942, in Minneapolis, to Earl and Ruth Ostlund. The family moved to Cokato, living on the Ostlund homestead while Kathyrn was in grade school.

After high school graduation, she came to California in 1960, as a student at California Lutheran Bible School, where she later worked first as a bookkeeper and manager of the book store, and eventually as executive assistant to the president.

Her professional life later led her to work as a top legal secretary at the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

She enjoyed music, travel, and volunteer work with the American Scandinavian Foundation of Los Angeles.

More recently, Kathryn had been a resident of the Scripps Kensington Retirement Community in Alhambra, Calif., where she was active in music, crafts, and decorating, and loved to play pool with her “buddies.”

A memorial service took place Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles, Calif. She will be buried next to her parents in the cemetery of Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.

Kathryn loved her native Minnesota, as well as her Swedish heritage. She lived a life of quiet joy and thanksgiving.

Kathryn is survived by her friends, James Koenig and David Larson and extended family; and by her cousin, Sonja England and family in Minnesota.

Kathryn asked that memorial contributions be made to the Kathryn Ostlund Memorial Scholarship. Send to: “Kathryn R. Ostlund Trust;” Memo: Music scholarship; 3445 Winslow Drive; Los Angeles, CA 90026.