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September 30. 1946 – March 10, 2024

Doris Jean Ohnstad, age 77, of St. Michael, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on March 10, 2024.

She was born on September 30, 1946 and was raised in Bloomington, MN.

She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1964.

Doris met the love of her life, Elmer “Ogie” Ohnstad that same year and they were married on October 3, 1964.  The Lord blessed their marriage with 3 children: Michael, Deborah and Jennifer.  They made their home in Buffalo for over 50 years and Doris just recently moved to St. Michael to be closer to her family.

Doris was a homemaker until her youngest daughter started school.  She then began her career with the State of Minnesota Driver’s Exam and worked primarily at the Plymouth location until her retirement in 2006.

Doris and Ogie spent 38 wonderful years together with their loving family and created many long lasting, dear friendships and spent special time with them all.  From cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, to camping at a variety of resorts and taking frequent trips to Las Vegas and local casinos, until Ogie passed away in 2002.

Doris continued to cherish those relationships and watched her grandchildren grow up into the fine young adults they are today.  She loved supporting each of them in their individual interests and accomplishments.  She was thrilled to welcome her first great-grandchild this last August.

Doris is survived by her daughters: Deborah (Doug) Beise, Jennifer (Mark) Ottinger, grandchildren, Parker (Rachel) Ottinger, Alex (Nicole) Ohnstad, Ashley Beise, Benjamin Beise, Logan Ottinger, great-grandchild, Bradley Ohnstad, brother-in-law’s, Jerry (Patricia) Ohnstad, Scott (Sarah) Lazer, Nephew, Derek (Kara) Felber and their children Jaden and Evan.

Preceded in death by her husband, Elmer “Ogie” Ohnstad, son, Michael Ohnstad, brother, Howard Felber.

A special thank you to the healthcare and palliative care teams at Abbott Northwestern hospital.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

8 Guestbook Entries

  1. Doug & Patty Klersy

    Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Doris

  2. Shanna Daugherty

    Aww I’m so sorry to hear about Doris passing I worked with her at McDonald’s sure am gonna miss her

  3. Steve and Kim Bruhn

    I am so sorry to hear of Doris’s passing. I just spoke with her at Cub and she was preparing to move to St Michael. I always enjoyed running into her and catching up.
    Sending prayers to all during this difficult time.

  4. Rick and Pam Brittan

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    I will cherish my memories of Doris while I shared my time with her at Sugar Lake campground and after that.
    She was a feisty one who loved everyone.

  5. Barbie Bomstad(Stoppelman)

    My prayers are with the family,Doris was simply the Greatest,Wonderful family friend,

  6. Shelly Duncan

    Our hearts are heavy with the passing of our long family friend…. so many cherished memories of the Ederer’s and Duncan’s together. She is going to be truly missed by us all… knowing she is reunited with Ogie and Mike is what gives us some peace. Loved and never forgotten ❤️🙏❤️🙏
    Cory and Shelly Duncan

  7. Keith Docherty

    I don’t think anyone would argue that Doris had more enthusiasm from the stands watching the Buffalo Bison play than anyone in history. I remember hearing her over everyone else! I know she really loved her kids. A very special person. Sending prayers to the family.

  8. Kurt Schenk

    I’m sorry for your loss. Doris was often a part of our camper’s group where I always enjoyed our conversations. We often competed for the wittiest banter but also had some serious heartfelt conversations about life. Doris was often the first to retreat to the camper in the evening. Her way of saying good night was to smile and say, “Tomorrow is a Brand New Day!” This saying has become common in the group and I always recall Doris’s smile when I hear it. I’m sorry for your loss. Doris was a regular member of our camper’s group and I always enjoyed our conversations. We often competed for the wittiest banter, but we also had some serious heartfelt conversations about life. Doris used to be the first one to retreat to the camper in the evening. She would always smile and say, “Tomorrow is a brand new day!” which became a common saying in our group. I will always remember Doris’s smile whenever I hear it.


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