In Memory

Marsha Mundschenk (Ostermiller)

Marsha Mundschenk (Ostermiller)

Marsha Ann Ostermiller

After a long and courageous battle with Hepatitis C, Marsha Ostermiller victoriously entered into life on July 12, 2007.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1948, in Torrington, Wyo., to Paul and Marie (Hughes) Mundschenk. She moved with her parents to Billings in 1959. She attended and graduated from Billings Senior High. She and her family were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she met and eventually married Gary, her husband of 41 years, on Feb. 12, 1966. She went to work for St. Vincent Healthcare in 1974 as a housekeeper and from there as a receptionist in the lab. She then worked as a ward clerk on maternity and ICU for 20 years. She also worked in Medical Records until failing health forced her to take a leave of absence in late 1997. She remained an employee of record at the hospital until May, 1998.

On Feb. 20, 1998, she received a liver transplant at University of Washington Medical Center. She often referred to this date as her second birthday. While the hepatitis did attack her new liver much sooner than expected, she still had an additional nine years in which to enjoy her family, her painting, photography and particularly her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Gary; their son, Ben (Teri Davis); her grandchildren, Madison, Kylie and Katarina Ostermiller, Danielle, Lauren and Ryan Davis, Spencer Coon and Breanna Knobel; also her parents, Paul and Marie Mundschenk; two brothers, Paul Jr. (Beverly) Mundschenk, David (Cindy) Mundschenk; one sister, Janis (John) Kiedrowski; a brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Dianne Ostermiller; sisters-in-law, Cynthia Ostermiller Sheri Lee, and brother-in-law, Richard Kelleher. Three nephews, four nieces, seven grand-nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive her.

When asked how she wished to be remembered, she replied, "I loved my job and all the friends I made at work. I also enjoyed photography, watercolor and stitchery. I loved the outdoors, camping, trips to Yellowstone and watching wildlife, and sharing my life with Gary. My grandchildren gave me great joy. Family was always one of the most important things in, my life."

"However, there is one thing above all else about me that I want to be remembered for. I was born a sinner, as are all people, and was therefore condemned by my sin. By the grace of God and because my parents were Christian (also by the grace of God), I became a baptized child of God in my infancy. I believe that I was saved by grace through faith in my Lord Jesus Christ and not by any 'good thing' that I had done. I look forward to the resurrection of my body and life everlasting with my Savior in heaven."

Marcy, we love you, we mourn our loss of you, and we rejoice in your new life with Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Redeemer.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and, God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

Memorial services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19.

Memorials may be made to Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1603 St. Andrews Dr. Billings, MT 59105; United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and Big Sky Hospice, 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT.