Shirley Ostraat

July 8, 1933 - February 7, 2024

Visitation: Visitation will be on Sunday, February 11, from 3-5 pm at Anderson Funeral Home.

Service: A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will begin at 11 am, on Monday, February 12, 2024, at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church, Canton. A private family burial will take place prior to the service.

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Shirley Rae (Stubsten) Ostraat, age 90, passed away on February 7, 2024 at Ava’s House Hospice in Sioux Falls. A Celebration of Shirley’s Life will begin at 11 am, on Monday, February 12, 2024, at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church, Canton. A private family burial will take place prior to the service. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 11, from 3-5 pm at Anderson Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Church or a Christian ministry of your choice.

Shirley was born July 8, 1933 to Helmer and Pearl (Anderson) Stubsten on their farm near Worthing, SD, the fourth of five children. She was baptized at West Prairie Lutheran Church and confirmed at Canton Lutheran Church with Proverbs 23:26 as her confirmation verse.  Shirley was a dedicated member of Redemer Free Lutheran Church, Canton at the time of her passing.

She attended Cottage Grove rural school, graduated from Canton High School in 1951, and attended business school in Sioux City before beginning work for Standard Oil in Huron. From 1953 to 1974, Shirley worked for the Lincoln County Department of Agriculture (ASCS) in Canton.

Shirley married Lowell J Fossum May 25, 1965. He died as a result of a truck accident in 1969.  She married Myron Ostraat on August 23, 1974. Myron died in 1990.

Shirley was a member of the Sons of Norway, was a charter member of the Canton BPW club, and was a member of Canton Good Samaritan.

Shirley had a beautiful rose garden for many years.  She also used her talents embroidering tablecloths and doing other needlework.  She was always willing to greet a stranger and make them feel welcome.  Shirley thoroughly enjoyed traveling, especially the annual trips that she and her siblings would plan.  She dearly loved her grandchildren and the time she spent playing games with them, making them great meals, including her famous chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal raisin cookies.

Shirley is survived by her adopted son, John (Sandy) Ostraat, Canton, SD, her three grand-children: Carrie (Jed) Fong, Canton, SD; Joel (Becca) Ostraat, Sioux Falls, SD; and Daniel (Paige) Ostraat, Canton, SD, and eight great-grandchildren: Hannah Fong, Wesley Fong, Madeline Fong, Tobin Fong, Mckenzie Ostraat, Elijah Ostraat, Gabriella Ostraat, and Oakley Ostraat.  She is survived by her brother Dennis (Nancy) Stubsten, Franklin, TN, sister-in-law Carol Stubsten, Sherman, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, husband Myron, brother, Donald Stubsten, sisters, Vernice Hill and Mae Crawford.

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  1. Julie (Baldwin) Boor on February 9, 2024 said:

    So sorry for your loss of Shirley. She was one of the sweetest ladies. I enjoyed visiting with her, when I worked at Haisch’s.

  2. Tami Rikansrud on February 12, 2024 said:

    So sorry Ostraat family. She was a wonderful lady.

  3. Wilma Romereim on February 13, 2024 said:

    Always enjoyed Bible studies with Shirley and Laura at CLC. They both knew the importance of the Bible and taught me so much.