Constance (Connie) Rosalia Ostertag
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Connie Ostertag (nee Olafson), after a brief illness, on July 24, 2022 at the age of 85.
Connie was born in Riverton, Manitoba on November 24, 1936 where she lived for most of her life. She married the love of her life, Charles (Charlie) Ostertag, on August 25, 1956. They remained in Riverton where they raised their six children and spent many happy times with their children, grandchildren, and great grandchild.
Connie is survived by Charlie, her husband of 66 years; children Cheryl (Greg), grandchildren Kelsi and Kyle; Stefan (Rhonda), grandchildren Casey and Katie, great granddaughter Brinley; Cindy (Greg), grandchildren Skylar and Reena; Warren (Cindy), grandchildren Reese, Graeme, and Brett; Ryan (Marsha), grandchildren Alex and Ivy; her son-in-law, Brent Halwachs; two brothers-in-law, Raymond Ostertag and Jim Mark, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her precious daughter, Corinne; her parents, Stefan Olafson and Kristin Soffia Olafson (nee Thorarinson); her siblings, Helga (George), Steve (Dora), Harry (Beatrice), Fjola, Joyce (Brodie), Esther (Leo) and Viola.
Connie was the heart of her family. She spent countless hours caring for her husband, children, grandchildren, and the family home. She was dedicated, passionate, kind, giving, loyal, and was always ready with an engaging smile. She treasured the time she spent with family and lifelong friends. She had a special relationship with each of her grandchildren who loved spending time with their Amma.
Connie had an amazing memory and passionately shared her Icelandic family history. She was an exceptional cook and baker. She loved spending time gardening, canning, tending to her flowers and always kept a beautiful yard. Connie loved to drive, and you could see her driving anything from cars, trucks, tractors, and farm equipment. She loved animals and had many special pets over the years. She always enjoyed taking evening drives on the country roads, especially with Charlie.
Connie was a very active member in the community who never hesitated to help anyone. She volunteered as an ambulance attendant for many years, and she was actively involved in community programs - 4-H, Riverton Skating Rink (Figure Skating Club, Hockey Club, and Concession stand).
The family would like to thank the staff at Arborg Hospital and Betel in Gimli for the excellent care she received. A special thank you to Mussie for his kindness and spirituality that made Connie comfortable through her journey. Her family will be forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, if you so wish donations may be made in Connie’s memory at cancercarefdn.mb or to a charity of your choice.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Riverton Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at the Riverton Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service can be viewed via the following link https://youtu.be/3w5IXaGIHH8
"In her essence she was a gift to her family and to the world.”
A recording of the service will be available via a link that will be posted here August 2.