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Published December 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

Mons Ohnstad

Mons Ohnstad had one of the most uniquely positive, yet simple, perspectives and approaches to life that we will ever know. He was a man true to his commitments, a generous, trustworthy man, devoted to family and appreciative of good friends. He was born to Mayme Flora Newton and Mons Klingenberg Ohnstad of Sharon, ND, on October 30, 1923. Mons grew up working in the family's drug store serving malts and sodas and delivering prescriptions around town. His dog, Spike, pulled him to school on a sled during the snowy Sharon winters.

Mons was a natural athlete, short but fast, he would say. He earned many awards as a sprinter and anchor of the relay team. His basketball team won the State Consolidated League Tournament in 1941; Mons was named All State Forward. Following graduation Mons attended the American College of Physical Education in Chicago. He also took classes at Northwestern and was the Assistant Boys' Director at the Garibaldi Settlement House.

Mons Ohnstad

Mons Ohnstad had one of the most uniquely positive, yet simple, perspectives and approaches to life that we will ever know. He was a man true to his commitments, a generous, trustworthy man, devoted to family and appreciative of good friends. He was born to Mayme Flora Newton and Mons Klingenberg Ohnstad of Sharon, ND, on October 30, 1923. Mons grew up working in the family's drug store serving malts and sodas and delivering prescriptions around town. His dog, Spike, pulled him to school on a sled during the snowy Sharon winters.

Mons was a natural athlete, short but fast, he would say. He earned many awards as a sprinter and anchor of the relay team. His basketball team won the State Consolidated League Tournament in 1941; Mons was named All State Forward. Following graduation Mons attended the American College of Physical Education in Chicago. He also took classes at Northwestern and was the Assistant Boys' Director at the Garibaldi Settlement House.

Mons returned to Sharon during the War and took over the family business. For the next 35 years the drug store expanded with the times and Mons' interests. He sold boats, motors, lawnmowers, snowmobiles, kitchen appliances, scooters, Hallmark cards, candy, and color televisions. One day Joy Bauer, a beautiful nursing student from Chicago, walked into the Ohnstad Store and into Mons' life. He married his joy in 1948; they spent 65 happy, fulfilling years together. Mons was also Sharon's Postmaster for 30 years. In addition, he managed the town's theatre, booking all movies and managing its personnel. He and Joy moved to Fargo/Moorhead in 1978 following their respective retirements.

Mons was a life long Presbyterian. He served as treasurer of United Presbyterian, Sharon, for 22 years; he was elected both elder and trustee of that congregation. In Fargo he was ordained an elder of First Presbyterian and sat on the Building & Grounds Committee for over two decades.

However, it was Mons, the husband, the father, the grandfather that embodied the truly great man he was. His gentle spirit and strength of character, his patience and loyalty, his honesty and love were always there for us. He was our bedrock, our delight.

Mons passed away at dawn on November 30, 2013. He will be remembered with deep love and gratitude by his daughter, Melanie Ohnstad (Philip Friedman) Minneapolis; grandson, Jeffrey Garth Ohnstad Ninnemann (Karin) and great grandson, Zander Ohnstad Ninnemann, Moorpark, CA; and sister, Fredrica Powell, Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Charlotte and Eleanor, and beloved wife, Constance Joy.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 3rd, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, at 11:00 AM. Memorials are preferred to N. C. Little Hospice or the donor's charity of choice.

A second service celebrating the lives of both Joy and Mons Ohnstad will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Fargo, on Monday, December 30th, at 2:00.

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