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Published April 21, 2013, 12:00 AM

Constance Joy Ohnstad

Ohnstad, Constance Joy…loving and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away March 12, 2013, at the age of 85. Joy is survived by Mons K. Ohnstad, husband of 65 years, Moorhead, MN; Melanie Ohnstad (Philip Friedman) Minneapolis; grandson Jeffrey Garth Ohnstad Ninnemann (Karin) and great grandson Zander Ohnstad Ninnemann, Moorpark, CA; and sister Jean Nelson (Richard), Bismarck, ND.

Joy was born January 8, 1928, to Glenn and Evelyn (Garner) Bauer. She graduated with honors from Austin High School in Chicago and continued her education at Carleton College. After the war she attended St. Luke's School of Nursing in Fargo and Deaconess School of Nursing in Grand Forks earning her registered nurse degree with distinction. She married Mons in 1948. They lived in Sharon, ND, where Joy was the Director of Nursing at the Sharon Hospital.

Constance Joy Ohnstad

Ohnstad, Constance Joy…loving and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away March 12, 2013, at the age of 85. Joy is survived by Mons K. Ohnstad, husband of 65 years, Moorhead, MN; Melanie Ohnstad (Philip Friedman) Minneapolis; grandson Jeffrey Garth Ohnstad Ninnemann (Karin) and great grandson Zander Ohnstad Ninnemann, Moorpark, CA; and sister Jean Nelson (Richard), Bismarck, ND.

Joy was born January 8, 1928, to Glenn and Evelyn (Garner) Bauer. She graduated with honors from Austin High School in Chicago and continued her education at Carleton College. After the war she attended St. Luke's School of Nursing in Fargo and Deaconess School of Nursing in Grand Forks earning her registered nurse degree with distinction. She married Mons in 1948. They lived in Sharon, ND, where Joy was the Director of Nursing at the Sharon Hospital.

Joy's life in Sharon and later in Fargo-Moorhead centered about her family, her church and community. To her family she gave total and unselfish love and devotion. She provided sound counsel, stability and a happy home. From handmade Halloween costumes to beautiful flower gardens, from vacation plans to an always 'ready to listen' ear, from skilled nursing care to nutritious meals her family was nurtured by her commitments and grace. To her church Joy faithfully gave her time and talents as a Sunday school teacher and Bible study leader. She served as an elder, President of the Presbyterian Women's Association, Chair of the Worship and Music Committee, and President of the Fargo Town Hall Forum. Joy gave back to her community as President of the Sharon School Board, PEO sister, and fifty nine year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Joy will be remembered with love by her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27th, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, at 10:30AM. Later this spring another service for Joy will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research or First Presbyterian Church of Fargo.

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