Karlstad - Jordis Viola Oistad, 91, of Karlstad, died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.
In accordance with Judy’s request, a private family memorial service will be held.
Jordis, daughter of the late George and Carrie (Bills) Meyers, was born on May 7, 1921, in Brantford, N.D. Her childhood years were spent in Walhalla, N.D. In 1935, she moved to Karlstad, where she resided with her maternal grandparents. That autumn, she began her high school education and graduated from Karlstad High School in 1939. Following high school graduation, she entered Mayville State College, from which she received her Standard Certificate in the spring of 1942. Shortly after her graduation, she accepted a teaching position in Mountain, N.D., where she taught for two years.
On Jan. 10, 1943, Jordis was united in marriage to Gilbert Oistad. To this union, five children were born: James, Paul, David, Mary Ellen and Mark. Her life was dedicated to her children, to whom she sacrificially gave of her time and talent. Her greatest desire and prayer for each of them was that they would surrender their lives to the Lord and live for Him.
Not only did she share the Word with her children in daily devotions and prayer, but she also lived her life as an example to her family and friends. For over a decade, she was Sunday school superintendent at Bethel Lutheran Church in Karlstad. In addition to this leadership role, she also taught Sunday school, Bible school, Wednesday school and directed children’s Luther League choirs. Using her remarkable literary skills, she wrote and directed Christmas and Easter programs that were a testimony to the congregation as well as to the community.
As a gifted Bible teacher, she guided many Bible studies and had large portions of Scripture committed to memory. Even as her vision failed, daily she spent time in the Word and prayer. Through the years, she shared her spiritual gifts and talents in ministry to nursing home residents.
Jordis, lovingly referred to as Little Judy, often said, “Teaching is my life and I love it.” She had an opportunity to continue this love first as a teacher to homebound students and then a s a classroom teacher. Judy returned to full-time teaching in the autumn of 1962. She taught for a year at Norwood Young America and retired in the spring of 1985 from Stephen Independent School, after an outstanding 22-year career. Not only did Judy receive numerous awards and recognition from both the local and state educational communities, but she was also awarded a bachelor’s degree in education with honors from Mayville State College in 1970 at 50 years of age. Every student under her tutelage could say as Judy often did, “Teachers are born, not made.”
For eight years following her retirement, Judy compassionately cared for her husband, Gilbert, who battled Parkinson’s disease. After Gilbert’s passing in the spring of 1996, Judy continued to make her home in Karlstad; and in the summer of 2005, she moved to Moose Manor.
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ellen (Gerald) Bubolz; four sons, James (Patricia) Oistad, Paul (Marlys) Oistad, David (Connie) Oistad, and Mark (special friend Carole Dickson) Oistad; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Ernest and John Oistad; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gilbert; four siblings; grandson Jamie Oistad; great-granddaughter, Amanda Oistad; adopted great-granddaughter Gina Lappegaard-Anderson; and faithful friend Mae Koland.
Judy’s family would like to thank all those who have shared their burdens during this difficult time in their lives, including Tri County Emergency Medical Services and the doctors and nurses who cared for her.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to her grandson, Scott Oistad, who provided compassionate care during the last two weeks of her life.
Her life will always be a living legacy. May her memory be blessed.