Thomas John Osterberg was born on June 25, 1936, in Alexandria, MN to Athen “Tony” and Pauline (Anderson) Osterberg. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. In 1954, Tom graduated from Central High School in Alexandria. He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture. In 1958, Tom married Jane Hustad at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria, and after graduation began working for architectural firms in St. Cloud and Sioux Falls, while also serving in the U.S. Army Reserves.
They settled in Marshall, MN in 1964, where Tom took a job with Stegner, Hendrickson and McNutt. There they began to raise their family. Erik was born in 1964, followed by Jon and Kirsten in 1967 and 1968. In 1978, Tom and his business partner Ron Halgerson bought out their old firm and started Group II Architects. Their firm flourished, eventually adding Paul Boerboom as a partner, and offices in Sioux Falls and Brookings. In 2002, Tom retired, and he and Jane moved to Alexandria.
In Marshall, Tom was involved with the Southwest State University Boosters, the Chamber of Commerce, the Marshall Golf Club and the Parks and Recreation Community Education Board. After moving to Alexandria, he was active in Golden K and the Lake Darling Area Association. Tom enjoyed hunting, snow skiing, golfing, and lake living. Most of all, Tom loved spending time with his family and his faithful dogs Luv, Izzy, Dee, and Gracee.
Tom died on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at his home in Alexandria at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, Erik (Suzanne) Osterberg of Brentwood, TN and Jon (Lori) Osterberg of Maple Grove, MN; daughter, Kirsten (Keith) Leimbach of Evergreen, CO; 7 grandchildren, Athen and Jakob Osterberg, Tyler and Oliva Osterberg, and Luke, Jack and Sofia Leimbach; sisters, Nancy (Osterberg) Schroeppel of Buffalo, MN and Marcy (Osterberg) Laabs of Stillwater, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Pauline.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at Berea Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be held from 4-6 PM on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at the Anderson Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
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