- Heidi Rhodes-Ostrander
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Memories of Heidi Rhodes-Ostrander
Heidi Rhodes was born August 17, 1958 in Minot, ND. I think it could have been Bottineau though because her biological Dad was from there I believe. She was born a Weber, but her mother Dulcie married Roscoe G. Rhodes and he adopted her. She attended Lincoln and Sunnyside Elementary Schools, Jim Hill Junior High School and Magic City Campus. She graduated in May of 1976 from Minot High. In the fall of that year she attended UND in Grand Forks, ND. I believe she was in Grand Forks for 3 years, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where she received a degree as a veterinary technologist. She met and married Dennis Ostrander around 1984? 85?. I never met him, but in the beginning she said he was her Adonis. Well, for crying out loud, you'd think if he was a Greek God he would have remembered a little something about his wife of 18+ years. It would have made her obituary a bit more personal. He did not even spell her first name right and that really pissed me off. Okay so... She and Dennis owned and ran a veterinary clinic near Forest Lake, Minnesota. They lived on the lake and she enjoyed water, and snow skiing and scuba diving. I remember they once took a trip to Aruba. She was a carefree spirit, who pretty much lived life to its full extent, never contemplating consequences. She was a wonderful friend, and I think also a wonderful daughter and sister. She passed on to another place on April 18, 2008. She never had any children but she had her dogs. One was a German wire haired pointer and I don't remember the other. One of them was named Annie. She loved all animals and would have saved every one she came in contact with if she could have. In the end I know her dogs brought her much comfort and joy. Her Mother, Dulcie, passed away before her in 2002 may be. Her biological father died before I met her. Heidi is survived by her estranged husband, Dennis, who lives in Forest Lake I believe. Her father, Roscoe G. Rhodes and stepmother Bea, Minot, ND. Sister, Julie Self, Fort Worth, Tx. A niece and nephew and many friends who loved her, and miss her very much. Heidi, Shar McLaughlin and I grew up together. It has been along time ago, but there are stories that you never forget. Stories that you tell your children, when they are old enough to hear them. I am sure you all know what I mean. These are stories that keep memories alive. They take you back so you never forget the people you shared them with. These are things that never let a person fade from your memory, and as long as I live I will always remember Heidi Rhodes. Rhodeski! Thank you for touching my life. Al
For you, I'll just put it out there!
You really pissed me off, and I am still stewing over it. How shall I say I felt when I go the call? To be frank, and I know I am not Frank!! You would say that. Anyway I can not say that I was shocked. I was, however, deeply sadden. Then I got pissed at you. Then I yelled at you, when Jody went to the store. Only for the fact that I did not want him to think he married a crazy woman! You would say he did! Then he came home and you messed with our light, and he said "that was weird" And I said it was just you and I had yelled at you. Then we began the scrabble game and the words were so, how would my mother say? appropo. Exit, harps, grief... Jody said it was like playing Quigi scrabble. We both laughed til we cried. I know you did too. I cried that night. After getting over the anger, I began to think and remember. I remember us in elementary school...volleyball, softball, mixed choir at the auditorium. I remember the night you broke your front tooth at the skating rink at Corbett Field. Tracy Lewellyn hit the bottom of your pop bottle and it was gone! We thought you swallowed it. Junior high...You swimming on the Minot Swim Club Team, gymnastics, cheerleading, raiding gardens and trying to steal a few apples and ending up with a branch. Running down Burdick, barefoot in the rain, with our branch full of booty, laughing and running... How did I end up the one pulling the branch and stepping on the frog barefoot? You and Shar were chickens!! Ahead of me. But not so far that when I shook my foot loose of the frog, the frog flew at the two of you. Then there was the discovery of "the boys." Yes they know who they were. Let's see there was Me and Brian, and you and Brian and me and Brian and Le Ann and Brian and me and Brian. I remember once when we spoke you asked me why I kept taking him back. I guess I never thought of it that way. I always thought he was the one taking me back. Terry, Bruce, Brian watching them play ball. Trips to Valley City, when Shelly skinny dipped in the hotel outdoor pool and we thought she was such a rebel and so cool. Babe Ruth baseball and the Christensons. I remember how your Dad never let you wear jeans to Jim Hill and you would carry them in a brown paper bag on your books and change into them in the bathroom at school and then change out of them at 3:15 when he picked you up. Dulcie I think knew what was going on. But Gary, I guess he just thought you were bringing lunch for the rest of us everyday. And you know what I am telling him. Just like I told your Mom all those stories about us the time before last you were home, in Minot. The time before you came home for her Memorial service. Are you with her now, and will you speak to her about it all?I remember the wine days, wine on the balcony, hanging out the balcony smoking cigarettes. A habit we both later fell to in adulthood. Shar never did. Oh wait I think she did. Nights, we spent walking. To the school, to the Taco Shop, to Nancy's to LeAnns to Bruces to Brians. We walked everywhere. Flicking those damned cigarettes. I bet Brian never smoked. He did not like that. I had saved those notes from him until this past year. Don't know why. Flicking a lit butt into Shar's "hoodie" pocket and not knowing until it was on fire until her sleeve was on smoldering. The birthday party that went awry. It started then. Didn't it? I would say so. It tempted you. Even then. We were so naive. But those were good times. For you. It lured you in. You loved Dick and Mark deeply. But John broke your heart and your spirit. You never got over the oil and water reference he made. I remember when you quit the cheerleading squad so you could spend the time skiing with the Smith's than fulfilling your obligations to the squad. You fell out of a moving car and skinned your face. You fell down the steps at a party at Dick's house and skinned your face up again. I never understood the allure the you had for them. I saw them as just a family that carried on long cherished Southern tradition, as we did at my house. You saw them as something different all together. A step up to what. You expected so little of yourself. Well I must close for now. But I am not through with this yet. Rhodeski, you'll be hearing from me. blessed in your memory Al I'm back and I am still mad but I am getting over it. I just want people to remember you the way I will always remember you. Straight forward, funny, fun loving, may be a bit too much. Intelligent, which I have come to realize is not the same as smart. You had the greatest laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. I miss you very much and I especially miss hearing your voice on the other end of the line. I know you know I think of you often and I will never forget you.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF HEIDI RHODES OSTRANDER
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