Cathryn Marie Jostad, 64, Kindred, ND passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015 at Essentia Health in Fargo, following a school bus accident near Kindred. She was born on October 5, 1950 to Ernest and Ella (Fjelstad) Gronbeck in Fargo, ND. Cathy grew up in rural Leonard and graduated from Leonard High School in 1968. She then graduated from NDSU earning a degree in Secondary Education/History.
On June 6, 1970 she was united in marriage to Robert Jostad at Norman Lutheran Church. The couple lived in Grand Forks briefly before returning to the Kindred area, settling on the Jostad family farm where they made their home and raised their two daughters.
Cathy taught briefly at the Kindred Schools then stayed at home to raise her daughters. As her children got older, she began her bus driving career of 30 years.
Cathy was a lifelong horse enthusiast and was active in 4H for many years. She raised and showed Arabian horses. She was an active member of the North Dakota Arabian Horse Association and FM Mounted Posse. In most recent years, Cathy was active in the North Dakota and Minnesota Pinto Horse Association. Cathy showed horses with her family all around the region and country, winning multiple national and world titles. One of her greatest joys was sharing her passion for horses with her grandchildren, Brooke and Zac.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Bob; daughters, Lisa Jostad, Kindred; Laura Schwab, West Fargo; sister, Sheila (Larry) Goughnour, Fargo; grandchildren, Zac and Brooke Schwab; and her best friend, Chaun Merkens, Kindred.
She was preceded in death by her parents.