Marcia Jane Hustedt

ODEBOLT – Services for Marcia Jane Hustedt, 78, of Odebolt will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Odebolt. The Rev. Richard D. Ball will officiate. Burial will be in St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in Odebolt.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., with a vigil at 6:30 p.m., led by the Rev. Joseph Dillinger, Tuesday, March 30, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Odebolt.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required, and social distancing rules will apply during all services. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Odebolt is in charge of arrangements.

She died March 26, 2021, at MercyOne-West Des Moines Medical Center in West Des Moines, surrounded by her loving family.

Marcia Jane Hustedt, daughter of Carl and Helen (Sokolowski) Ortner, was born Feb. 19, 1943, in Ida County. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Holstein.

Marcia graduated from Galva Community School District in 1960. On Oct. 26, 1962, she eloped to Idaho Falls, Idaho, with her sweetheart, since the age of 13, Howard Eugene Hustedt, where they married.

They were blessed with six children: Regina, Bryce, Steven, Tamara, Matthew and Kyle.

Marcia was active in the community with her parish, St. Martin’s Catholic Church. She loved reading the Bible, learning about the saints and praying from her prayer books; she prayed for anyone in need.

Marcia loved everyone she met. She especially loved having friends and family over to their home, to entertain or to cook, and to serve amazing food.

Marcia was a consummate nurturer, taking care of her soulmate, Howard; her children and their families; people in need; her garden; her home; and her animals, both domestic and wild.

She loved to paint on canvas and with bright colors on every wall in her home. She was an all-star basketball player, rodeo queen, Little Miss Iowa finalist, farm girl, barrel racing cowgirl, golfer, beautician, gardener, gourmet cook and the best homemaker.

She had a touch of elegance in everything she did, from the clothing and jewelry she wore, to the decorations she displayed. Everything she did was just perfect. She was a true artist and creative spirit, who had a marvelous zest for life.

We all love her and will dearly miss her.

The family she leaves behind to adore her memory includes her husband, Howard; and her children: Regina (Michael) Pick of Omaha, Neb.; Bryce Hustedt (Jill Stebic Webb) of Odebolt, Steven (Diane) Hustedt of Ames, Tamara Uhl of Sioux City, Matthew (Jennifer) Hustedt of Omaha, Neb.; and Kyle Hustedt of Chicago, Ill.

Also surviving are 19 grandchildren: Scott (Martha) Sibbel, Cody (Marissa) Pick, Trey (Nikki) Pick and Marquette (Mitchell) Ryan; Brady Nickel; Halei, Sydney, Tate, Dane, Trent and Emmy Hustedt; Taylor (Steven) Shaw, Trista Thoreson and Tyson Thoreson; and Kennedy, Gabrielle, Garrett, Elizabeth and Mia Hustedt.

Additional surivors include her great-grandchildren: Anthony, Ellie, Peyton, Paisley, Preslee, Rhett, Andi, Henry and Palmer (plus two on the way).

Also surviving are her sisters: Mary Ortner of Holstein and Avis Ortner of Washington, D.C.; a niece, Deena Merten; and a great-niece, Catalina Merten.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Helen Ortner; and her siblings: Richard Ortner, Beverly Ortner and Carol Berg.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations to be directed to Marcia’s memorial fund. The proceeds will be used to benefit the Odebolt Community Center.

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