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Donald Ostrem

May 19, 2018


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Donald Jay Ostrem passed away, unexpectedly, while visiting with family in Sonoma County. Burial was May 23 at Pleasant Hills Memorial Park in Sebastopol with all immediate family attending.
Don was born in San Francisco to Jenny and Severen Ostrem. His parents had emigrated from Norway. They met in New York, lived in North Dakota before finally settling in San Francisco. Don went to grade school, junior high and Balboa High School, all within walking distance of his home. He later graduated from City College. He married his high school sweetheart, Doris Tozi in 1953. In 1956 he joined The San Francisco Police Department where he worked for 30 years. He retired as a sergeant in 1986. Don and Doris had three children who survive him. In the 1970s the family moved to Sebastopol and he commuted to work from there.
In 1982 he and his next door neighbor, Susan, found themselves living side-by-side alone. Both of their homes were on an acre filled with apple trees. They would talk over the fence once in a while. At first it was friendship but, eventually, they fell in love. One of the things they most loved to do when they were dating was to take a picnic to a winery. They continued to do that all through their marriage. They married in December of 1984. While they still were working, they found an acre in Auburn and had their retirement home built on it and lived there ever since.
Don loved visiting with family, reading and, more than anything, working in his yard and traveling. He and Susan took four trips all the way around the United States in their travel trailer. They also took nine cruises. In recent years, Carmel and Lake Tahoe were favorite places to visit.
Don is survived by his wife Susan; children Donna, Diane and David and wife Sara; grandsons Donald, Christopher and Jeremy and wife Julia; granddaughters, Melissa, Corrin and husband Mike; and great-granddaughters, Abigail, Madelyn and Evelyn. In addition, step-daughters Debbie and Cindy also survive him.
A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 1279 High St. in Auburn at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 23. If you would like to contribute to Don’s favorite charity, it was St.Jude’s Hospital. It would be much appreciated.