MaryBeth Ostrand Zea - obituary

MaryBeth Louise Ostrand Zea, 58, of Little Falls, Minnesota, died peacefully Friday, May 24, 2019, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Augusta, Minn., after a two-month illness with advanced melanoma brain cancer.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be Monday, June 17, at 4 p.m. at Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd, Minn. A visitation for family and friends will begin at 2:30 p.m. A visitation will also be held Tuesday, June 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Park Place Apartments Community Room, 505 2nd Ave. SE, Little Falls.

Arrangements, including cremation, were by the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Little Falls.

MaryBeth is survived by her husband, Mike Jensen of Little Falls; mother, Marlys Ostrand of Scandia; brothers Peter (Darla) of Stillwater, and John (Krista) Ostrand of Mahtomedi; plus four nieces she loved immensely, Megan, Nicole, Emily and Natalie.

She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Ostrand in 2010; and grandparents, Hilmer and Myrtle Ostrand, and Oscar and Hazel Swenson.

MaryBeth was born Oct. 16, 1960 in Stillwater, Minn., to Norman and Marlys (Swenson) Ostrand. She attended elementary school in Scandia, Minn., followed by junior high school and high school in Forest Lake, Minn. MaryBeth is a 1979 graduate of Forest Lake High School, attended Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., and later graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in communications. She married Mike Zea in 1998 and lived in Onamia, Minn., for many years. They divorced in 2003. She married Mike Jensen of Little Falls, Minn., on April 23, 2005, in Key West, Fla. Her career included a wide variety of positions: server at the Lowell Inn, Stillwater, Minn.; reporter/photographer at the Mille Lacs Messenger in Isle, Minn.; communications/marketing specialist for the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls and the Mille Lacs Health System of Onamia; principal photographer and owner of Silker Studio, Little Falls since 2001; resident manager with Mike of the 40-unit Park Place Apartments in Little Falls since 2006, and wedding coordinator at Cragun’s Resort since 2014. She also enjoyed playing bridge with long time friends in Onamia and Little Falls, domestic and foreign travel, including bed and breakfast outings with Mike, cooking, gardening, cleaning, reading, and substantial seasonal decorating and planting flowers at Park Place. She entered every room with a refreshing smile, enthusiasm, fun energy, spirit, colorful fashion and robust voice.

In lieu of flowers, MaryBeth’s family requests memorials in her name to St. Gabriel’s Hospital Health at Home, Little Falls; St. Cloud Hospital CentraCare Health Foundation, Gorecki Guest House, St. Cloud, or Quiet Oaks Hospice House, St. Augusta.