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Born: Nov 24, 1936

Date of Passing: Jul 24, 2022

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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Connie Ostertag (nee Olafson), after a brief illness, on July 24, 2022 at the age of 85.
Connie was born in Riverton, Manitoba on November 24, 1936 where she lived for most of her life. She married the love of her life, Charles (Charlie) Ostertag, on August 25, 1956. They remained in Riverton where they raised their six children and spent many happy times with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild.
Connie is survived by Charlie, her husband of 66 years; children, Cheryl (Greg), grandchildren, Kelsi and Kyle; Stefan (Rhonda), grandchildren, Casey and Katie, great-granddaughter Brinley; Cindy (Greg), grandchildren, Skylar and Reena; Warren (Cindy), grandchildren, Reese, Graeme, and Brett; Ryan (Marsha), grandchildren, Alex and Ivy; her son-in-law Brent Halwachs; two brothers-in-law, Raymond Ostertag and Jim Mark, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her precious daughter Corinne; her parents, Stefan Olafson and Kristin Soffia Olafson (nee Thorarinson); her siblings, Helga (George), Steve (Dora), Harry (Beatrice), Fjola, Joyce (Brodie), Esther (Leo) and Viola.
Connie was the heart of her family. She spent countless hours caring for her husband, children, grandchildren, and the family home. She was dedicated, passionate, kind, giving, loyal, and was always ready with an engaging smile. She treasured the time she spent with family and lifelong friends. She had a special relationship with each of her grandchildren who loved spending time with their Amma.
Connie had an amazing memory and passionately shared her Icelandic family history. She was an exceptional cook and baker. She loved spending time gardening, canning, tending to her flowers and always kept a beautiful yard. Connie loved to drive, and you could see her driving anything from cars, trucks, tractors, and farm equipment. She loved animals and had many special pets over the years. She always enjoyed taking evening drives on the country roads, especially with Charlie.
Connie was a very active member in the community who never hesitated to help anyone. She volunteered as an ambulance attendant for many years, and she was actively involved in community programs - 4-H, Riverton Skating Rink (Figure Skating Club, Hockey Club, and Concession stand).
The family would like to thank the staff at Arborg Hospital and Betel in Gimli for the excellent care she received. A special thank you to Mussie for his kindness and spirituality that made Connie comfortable through her journey. Her family will be forever grateful.
In lieu of flowers, if you so wish donations may be made in Connie's memory at cancercarefdn.mb or to a charity of your choice.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Riverton Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at the Riverton Cemetery.

"In her essence she was a gift to
her family and to the world."
Condolences may be left on her tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home,
Gimli in care of arrangements.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 28, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Respects and condolences to Charlie and the Ostertag family for the passing of Connie, who was a wonderful, caring person. - Posted by: Graham Thompson (Friend) on: Apr 27, 2023

  • Cindy, I just read today of the passing of your dear Mother. I'm so so sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences to you, Greg, Skylar, Reena and to the rest of your family. May all the happy memories bring you some comfort during this very difficult time. You're in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Gisele Bork (Friend/former co-worker of Cindy) on: Aug 04, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. Connie and Charlie were my brother Buddy’s very dear friends and I always thought they were so special. My condolences to the family. Lorraine - Posted by: Lorraine Thorarinson (Cousin) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Sending love and sympathy to you, Stefan and Rhonda and to your family. May your good memories keep Connie close to your heart. - Posted by: Judy Fraser (Aunt) on: Jul 29, 2022

  • Charlie and family, so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. Her volunteerism to the community was outstanding! Thinking of you guys! - Posted by: Margo Kurtenbach (Family friend) on: Jul 28, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She will forever be in your heart. Condolences to you Cindy and the rest of your family. - Posted by: Bernadette Funk (Friend of Cindy) on: Jul 28, 2022

  • Deepest sympathy, I remember Charlie and Connie coming to Cindy and my graduation from college, we were probably the table that had the most fun! Hugs to all!! - Posted by: Linda Roberts (Friend) on: Jul 28, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences to all families of your dear Mother,Wife Connie 🙏♥️ - Posted by: Laurel Anderson (Friend ) on: Jul 28, 2022

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