Barbara F. Ostberg
Barbara F. Ostberg, 98, long-time resident Ipswich and wife of the late
Richard S. Ostberg, died Thursday, December 16, 2021 in her home following
a brief illness. Born in New York City on June 21, 1923, she was the only
child of the late Tracy R.V. and Irene Allen Fike. Her family moved to
Scarsdale, NY when Barbara was 4; she graduated from Scarsdale High School
in 1940 and from Smith College, in Northampton, in 1944.
For the remainder of World War II she worked in NYC for US Naval
Intelligence. In August of
1946, she received a M. Ed. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
On August 24. 1946, she married Richard Smith Ostberg, also from
Scarsdale and recently returned from serving in the US Navy in the
The two led a somewhat migratory life moving from NYC, to
Massachusetts, to several towns in upstate NY, to Palo Alto, CA, back east
to Sherborn MA, then Neenah, WI. With
chance and a wonderful stroke of good fortune, the Ostbergs arrived on the
banks of the Ipswich River in 1973.
Barbara earned an advanced degree in Special Learning Disabilities
in March 1973 and helped establish a new program in this field for the
Hamilton Wenham School system. Upon
retirement in early 1980s, she and her husband spent wonderful years
getting to know, cherish and participate in many facets of Ipswich life.
Her many interests and activities in Ipswich included founder of
Wednesday Walkers, Ipswich Garden Club, League of Women Voters, Town
Planning Board, open space issues in Ipswich, local Bay Circuit Trail
Committee, Ascension Memorial Church, Smith Book Club, writing group,
beloved bridge group and many other organizations and interests.
She had wonderful neighbors and was
accompanied for years by her mighty dog, Holan.
Barbara is survived by a son, Richard F. Ostberg of Ipswich; three
daughters, Karin O, Montlack and her husband Marc D. of Newburyport,
Kristin W. Ostberg and her husband Dale W. Welch of Ipswich, Karol D.
Ostberg of Ipswich; nine grandchildren, Whitney O. Hayden, Dana S.
Ostberg, Brooke O. Welch, Jensen O. Welch, Erik A. Montlack, Jenny S.
Ford, Morgan W. Boselli, Peter T. Ostberg, Lee O. Welch and their amazing
spouses and twenty-one awesome great-grandchildren ranging in ages from 1
to 15 years old.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, December 21, 2021 from 4 to 6
pm at Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Friends
vaccinated and wearing facial masks are invited.
For directions and or to leave a condolence please visit
celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, December
22, 2021 at Ascension Memorial Church 31 County Street, Ipswich.
Family only is invited to this service given the need to observe
pandemic safety protocols. The
service will be broadcast live allowing remote participation.
(Go to Ascension Memorial Church’s website
https://www.amcipswich.org at the
top click on “Worship” or go to Ascension FB page.)
Memorial contributions in Barbara’s name may be made to two of her
favorite local organizations:
Ipswich Caring, PO Box 584 Ipswich, MA 01938 and Ipswich River Watershed
Association, 143 County Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.
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