Dorothy Alvina (Pratt) Ostby, 92, of Rochester, Minn. (formerly of Hudson) died on Tuesday, July 22, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
Dorothy was born on May 2, 1916, in North Hudson to Ralph and Hilda (Kurrasch) Pratt. She grew up in North Hudson, where she attended elementary school, and graduated from Hudson High School.
In July of 1938, Dorothy married Robert Melton in North Hudson. The two were blessed with five children.
In 1967, Robert passed away.
In 1972, Dorothy was married to James Ostby in Hudson. The marriage to James brought two more children to the family. After James passed away, Dorothy remained with her family, first in Hudson, then for 15 years in Waukesha, and finally in Rochester.
Dorothy's family kept her very busy, but she still enjoyed other activities and organizations. She would crochet often and was well-known for her skills in bread making. She was active in her church as a volunteer and, in Hudson, was a member of the Rebecca Lodge.
Dorothy was always up for a game of cribbage or solitaire, and was a big fan of strong coffee with flavored creamers, "Judge Judy" and old western TV shows. She loved anything that had to do with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed the company of her cat, Chloe, who she took in and took care of as a sick kitten.
Dorothy touched many lives. She will be missed and loved by her family and friends including her children, Carole (Jack) Anderson of Maplewood, Minn., Polly Daniels of State College, Pa., Debra (Les) Heffron of Pittsburg, Pa., Bob (Bette) Melton of Oronoco, Minn., Janet Melton of Rochester, Minn., Dave (Connie) Ostby of Hudson and Janet Evjen of Hudson;
Grandchildren, Lynn (Mark) Berens of Oakdale, Minn., Greg (Kim) Anderson of Brookings, S.D., Paul (Jill) Daniels of Rochester, Minn., Ann (Matt) Kennedy of Massachusetts, Meggan Melton of Minneapolis, Mollie Melton of Florida, Aaron (Jennifer) Heffron of Purcellville, Va., Amber (Scott) Powell of Pittsburg, Penn., Adia Loralei of Wisconsin, Troy Ostby of Hudson, Travis (Katie) Ostby of Hammond, Eric Evjen of St. Paul, Shannon Evjen of Seattle, Wash., and Tara Evjen of Hudson; and 13 beloved great-grandchildren.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Hilda (Kurrasch) Pratt, and husbands, Robert Melton and James Ostby.
Funeral services were Friday, July 25, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Pastor Dennis Nelson from Bethel Lutheran Church officiated and Lynn Berens, Paul Daniels, Aaron Heffron, Meggan Melton, Travis Ostby and Ann Kennedy were the casket bearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in her name to St. Andrew's Church in Waukesha, any local food pantry or any osteoporosis foundation.
Services were handled by O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.