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JoAn Ostergard, 64 - July 10, 2015

JoAn Louise Ostergard, 64, of Gothenburg passed away Friday, July 10, 2015, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services will take place Friday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at the Gothenburg Methodist Church, 14th Street and Lake Avenue, with the Revs. Joel Plisek and Karen Woo officiating. A visitation will be Thursday, July 16, from 1 to 7 p.m. with family members present from 5 to 7 p.m.
As per her wishes, after her funeral, she chose cremation with a private inurnment at Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery at Lexington.
Ostergard was born at Lexington on Sept. 28, 1950, joining siblings, John Neil and Jane Marie, all children of Neil Edward and Barbara Jane (Morgan) Knapple of Lexington.
She graduated from Lexington High School in 1968, and from Hastings College in Hastings with a bachelor’s degree in English education, graduating 10th in her class in 1972. She then attended graduate school at New Mexico State College in Las Cruces, NM.
In 1970, she married D. Clark Jensen of Hastings. After meeting at Hastings College, they married in Nebraska and then spent several years furthering their educations at New Mexico State College in Las Cruces. The couple later divorced while still in New Mexico.
While in New Mexico, she met and later married, in 1976, Joe R. Reyes of Las Cruces. The couple later divorced and she moved back to Lexington.
In 1982, she married Dennis A. Olson of Lexington, who later died as the result of a car accident in 1997, after 15 years of marriage at Lexington and Johnson Lake.
In 2003, after meeting on online, she married Stephen J. Ostergard of Gothenburg and moved to Gothenburg where the couple resided until her death.
While residing at New Mexico, she was employed as an English teacher at Las Cruces New Mexico High School. After moving back to Nebraska, she worked as a dental assistant in Lexington, as a bartender at Andy’s Supper Club at Johnson Lake and as a truck dispatcher with her family at Knapple Incorporated Trucking at rural Lexington. She was later employed as the executive director of the non-profit domestic violence agency, the Parent-Child Center in Lexington, and as a staff writer at the Lexington Clipper Herald.
?After moving to Gothenburg, in 2003, she worked as church secretary for the Gothenburg First United Methodist Church, she was later employed as executive secretary for Robin Hirsch of Hirsch Financial Services, also in Gothenburg.
In 2003, she battled breast cancer and won, but in 2005 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and again diagnosed with cancer in 2014. She spent her final years fighting that cancer and raising funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
During her lifetime, she enjoyed singing in school, church and 4-H choirs, participating in various other 4-H projects as well as activities on the computer, according to family members.
Ostergard was an avid bird watcher spending hours drinking coffee and watching birds out of the kitchen window with her husband in Gothenburg. She was also a strong Nebraska Cornhusker sports fan, especially of Husker football.
She was a past member of the Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church of rural Lexington and a current member of the Gothenburg First United Methodist Church as well as the church choir and the church quilting Bible study group.
Ostergard was preceded in death by: her father, Neil Edward Knapple; her husband, Dennis Andrew Olson; grandparents, Edward Lewis and Hattie Belle Knapple, and Joe and Stella Amanda Morgan; her father and mother-in-law, Gage and Sara Jane Ostergard.
Survivors include: her husband, Stephen Joseph Ostergard of Gothenburg; her mother, Barbara Jane (Morgan) Knapple of Lexington; a brother, John Neil (Pam) Knapple of Lexington; sister, Jane Marie (Leonard) Mooney of Atlanta; numerous other relatives.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg First United Methodist Church, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and to the family