Holte, Elizabeth (Ostby) (1916-2006)

Elizabeth Holte, 90, died on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at her home in Grygla, MN.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN with Reverend Mary Gilthvedt officiating. Burial will be in Saint Olaf Cemetery, Grygla, MN.

Visitation will be from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, August 18, 2006 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN and one hour prior to service at the Church on Saturday.

Elizabeth Ostby was born on April 25, 1916 in Gatzke, MN the daughter of Peder and Berit (Sakrismo) Ostby. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Moose River Lutheran Church and attended Country School.

Elizabeth was united in marriage on June 12, 1938 to Henry Holte. Prior to her marriage Elizabeth worked in the kitchen at the hospital in International Falls, MN. Following their marriage the couple moved to Duluth, MN for awhile before returning to Grygla, where they farmed for a short time. They also custom combined down south for a short time where Elizabeth was the cook. They moved into Grygla in 1940, where they owned and operated Holte Implement Company, retiring in 1973.

She enjoyed music, quilting, traveling, playing piano and dancing, especially waltzing. Elizabeth and Henry enjoyed curling, watching movies and using their video camera. Their home was always open to all their nieces, nephews, family and friends. Elizabeth was proud of her Norwegian Heritage. She traveled to Norway and met her parent’s families, whom she kept in contact throughout the years.

She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Ladies Aide, church circle and quilting. Eliabeth was active in the community, where she set up scholarships at school, donated to Senior Housing and was active in the Business Development in Grygla.

Elizabeth is survived by three sisters: Hennie (Otto) Hagen of Grygla, MN, June (Fred) Cossentine of Eagle Bend, MN and Dagney (Carlyle) Boberg of Fairbanks, Alaska; 45 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, on July 2, 1988; her parents; step father Gust Saxvold; sister, Ingaborg Loven; and brother, Glen Saxvold.

From Johnson Funeral Home

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky