Marian Janet Bostrom

ob_BostromMarian Janet Bostrom, 81, went home to be with the Lord on June 7, 2013 at GracePointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge.

Marian was born in Isanti County on July 23, 1931 to Harley and LaVona (Johnson) Lodien. She was the oldest of three daughters. She attended Blomford County School for grades first through eighth and then went to Cambridge High School, graduating in 1949. Marian went to Bethel College and St. Cloud Teacher College to get her teaching certificate. Marian taught school in Mora, Cambridge and as a substitute teacher for 25 years in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. She accepted Christ as her Savior and joined the South Isanti Baptist Church.  Growing up on a farm was a good experience as she learned to take care of cattle and to drive tractors.

On Dec. 18, 1959 she married Don Bostrom at South Isanti Baptist Church and they lived in Cambridge. In 1962 they moved to Ham Lake and have lived there since. In October of 1964, Marian and her family, with five other families, started meeting in our home to start planning to start Ham Lake Baptist Church (now Oak Haven). The church organized in May of 1965 and Marian was a charter member. She also spent many years teaching Sunday School Classes and served on several boards. Marian and Don enjoyed traveling to visit relatives and friends.  They were to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and many of the states in the US and Canada and Mexico. They are the parents of three sons. In 1997 Neil gave his mother “The Gift of Life” – a kidney which lasted her the rest of her life.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents and Aunt Francis Lodien.

Marian is survived by her loving husband, Don of 58 years; sons, Brent (Julie), Randy (Debbie) and Neil (Kerry); 11 grandchildren, Jared, Kent, Justin, Krista, Erik, Katelyn, Mark, Matthew, Austin, Derek and Krissa; four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Jace, Hailey and Kaycee; two sisters, Jean (Charles) Creacy of Turlock, Calif. and Carol (Les) Reusser of Fort Worth, Texas; and by many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Oak Haven Church in Ham Lake with Rev. Fred Tuma officiating. A gathering time will be held one hour prior at the church. The vocalists with be John and Gwen Ledin and Marilee Sanborn will be the pianist.  Interment will be in Isanti Union Cemetery. Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel. Memorials suggested to Oak Haven Church in Ham Lake, Kidney Foundation or to the family.