Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Grandma Mike

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Yesterday was a sad day for Maren, the Ostergards, and all of us. Maren's Grandma Ostergard, who Maren named as a youngster, "Grandma Mike" passed away. John's youngest brother is Mike and he is really not much older than Maren and when she was a little she must have morphed the names and came up with "Grandma Mike". Uncle Mike has always been "Motor Mike" because he drove a motorcycle. Go figure. Grandma Mike would have been 94 later this month. She had 11 kids and who knows how many grandkids and great grandkids...it is safe to say a lot!

Vivian was an amazing person. She raised 11 kids in a house with no running water and an out house. There is like 28 years in between the oldest and youngest of her kids. Maren said that when she was young and would visit Grandma Mike, she would still cook on a wood stove.

This picture was taken last summer. All 11 kids in one place (doesn't happen very often) and Grandma Mike in the middle in a chair.

Grandma Mike will be missed.

See you tomorrow.

4 comments:

Molly said...

Grandma Mike sounds like she was a wonderful and interesting woman. Thanks for your lovely tribute to her and explaining how she got her name! What a marvelous photo. My sympathies to everyone who knew and loved her.

Ellen said...

We're so very sorry to hear about Maren's grandma. How very sad. But how wonderful that all the kids were together with her last summer to honor such a great lady.

Bernice said...

What a lovely picture of Maren's Grandma Mike and her 11 children - how great that they were able to be together. My sympathy to you all -such a great lady will surely be missed.

Stacy said...

and she just had her first great grand child on May 2nd, Erick and Heather Lohre welcomed Maverick Gordon Lohre.