Cathy Jostad

cathy jostad
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.

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss. I know your heart is feeling heavy and its difficult today to see beyond the tears of sorrow, May looking back on the many loving and fun filled memories help comfort you tomorrow and in the days ahead. Know the love of your friends and family will always surround you.

  2. Bob, Lisa, Laura, Chaun, and all your family and friends. God Bless you and comfort you. Cathy will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Her smile lit up a room and her kind, sweet and generous heart touched everyone. Our family continues to keep you all in our prayers and thoughts

  3. To Cathy’s family and friends,

    We are thinking about you all and we are so sorry for your loss.

    Wilton, ND 4th Grade

  4. Our deepest sympathy to the loss of such an incredible woman. Your loss is felt here on the East Coast and though we can not be with you please know she will always be in the heart of all who knew and loved her. She will be missed. Annie and Kathleen

  5. Our hearts go out to your family. Words can not express how sad my family is for your family. Thinking of your family in this time of need. Time will heal. Gone but never forgotten.


    Much LOVE and Prayers sent your way!
    Cathy ~ continue to care for us all until we meet again!

    Bob you are in my prayers and will remain there for a long time! Reach out, even though I know its not your nature, there are so many people who LOVE YOU and CARE about you!

    Cathy’s family~With the deepest sympathy’s sent to you. Thank you for sharing this amazing women with so many people in the world!

  7. To Cathy’s Family
    I am unknown to your family,but wanted to send my thoughts and prayers. She Saved so many children that fateful day. She is going to be remembered by more people then you will ever know. You will find comfort in knowing so many are praying for your family. God Bless your family and may your mom rest in peace.

  8. Ron and I are so deeply saddened at the loss of this kind lady. Words cannot express what a gentle woman, a horsewoman with the highest regard for both her equines AND her fellow competitors, and what a fine and kind soul she was!
    Cathy now knows, feels and sees the love of her community and from her horse family. She knows we all hold her memory, her smile, and her giggles close to our hearts. She knows all the majesty of an eternity of happiness. Imagine the ponies she already has hooked up and driven, how exciting to always be driving in a victory pass with Him cheering her on!

  9. So sorry this happened…will always remember her at Posse shows and when think of horse friends and my Arabian…God bless her family and friends.

  10. Our thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time. A reflection of how much Cathy impacted so many lives is evident by well over 9000 visits to her Caring Bridge site. That’s a lot of love and support. Embrace each one and let it carry you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

    Mark and Carol Mitchell

  11. Our hearts are heavy together. Saying is easy…living is hard. I cherish the topics of our sawmill chats, Bob, and look forward to future embraces. Relationships are rewarding…and challenging. Savor them.

  12. we are so sorry for your loss you have been and still are in our thoughts and prayers. We had many wonderful show days with the fm posse with your mom awesome memories!

  13. Cathy, Though it is sad to know that you are gone, I will celebrate your life and smile knowing how much of yourself you shared with all in your love of family, friends and horses. We were blessed that He let you be with us, all the years that you were here and though you are missed, hearts hurting and tears flowing, a part of each of us knows that they are truely special who are called to be at His side. Let your body rest easy and your Soul soar in the heavens.

  14. Thoughts and prayers go out to you,Cathy will be missed by so many she always had a big smile on her face…

  15. Bobby,

    I am your cousin, Wayne Rekken’s daughter. My family and I would like to extend our very deepest sympathies to you and your daughters and family. We know that the days ahead will be difficult for you all, but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Bob and Family,
    On behalf of the Cass County Historical Society I offer our sincere condolences to you and your family. God Bless the memory of your loved one. John Monilaws,, Presdent-CCHS

  17. I’m sure I can speak for all of Fargo/West Fargo & surrounding communities in all of North Dakota & Eastern MN.
    You have our deepest sympathy as your family/friends & entire town of Kindred mourn the loss of this wonderful woman. Cathy sounds like she was a real trooper in all that she did. I read that Cathy was .a kind/caring/loveable person to all that she came in contact with.
    God Be With You all as you grieve. Your faith/friends/family will help get you through this very tragic/sad time.
    Cherish the memories.

  18. To Cathy’s Family and Friends,
    Please know that our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with each of you. May you feel God’s loving arms around you as you hold each other close. May you feel God’s peace, comfort and hope and joy as you celebrate the gift of Cathy’s life.

    Love and Prayers,
    Kris and Chuck Long
    Lisbon ND

  19. This is such a shock and so sad, my heart hurts for her family and her friend Chaun. We have shown horses with this family for several years and the thought of Cathy not being there is very hard to think about. The world just lost an amazing person that made a difference in those around her. I am very blessed to have known you Cathy, I will miss you.

  20. We are so Very Sorry to hear about Cathy. There are many memories that I hope guide you thru your sorrow. She will be deeply missed. And always remembered


  21. I do not know your family, but I want to extend my condolences. This beautiful woman will be remembered outside your family circle by many for saving countless lives. I know that does nothing to bring her back to you, but hopefully it will ease your pain.

  22. To the Jostad family, I am so sorry for your loss. Cathy was the most cheerful person, and always helpful to those of us she showed horses with. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. Sue & her furfamily.

  23. My son and his classmates were very sad to hear of your loss. Our children at Northern Cass love their bus drivers and this hit home for each one of them.

    Please know that you all are in the thoughts and prayers of our family as well as Mrs. Mickelson’s 4th grade class at Northern Cass.

  24. My acquaintance with Cathy was for only a few years but her smile, knowledge and enthusiasm at the pinto shows was evident.
    Her presence will be missed.
    My deepest sympathy…

    Lois Strehlow

  25. The Duane and Irene Torgerson family wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Cathy Jostad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.

  26. Cathy, Happy Birthday,today you would have been 65 yrs old. I will always remember how we teased each other about birthdays,since you were two months older than me!

    Dear Bob,Lisa,Laura,and Families & Sheila,
    We don’t need to tell you what a great person “Cathy” had been. She will always be remembered as a special lady who made a difference in other lives that she touched. She had a dry sense of humor that made people laugh. She was a very gifted horsemen and she took pride in showing her horses. She had the ribbons and trophies to prove how gifted she was,

    Sorry, I’m in Texas w/our grandchildren, I won’t be able to attend Cathy’s services. It sounds like the Kindred School will overflow with love & pride.

    We will be thinking & praying for all of you in the next few days. Cathy loved her family & friends,we are thankful to call her our friend.

    Love, Carmen

  27. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. May the memories of that bright smile of hers; and that twinkle in her eyes; comfort you forever.

  28. Sending you her thoughts and prayers and good memories of your family. Clarice Boyer Skjonsby @ Bethany on University.

  29. Bob, Lisa, Laura, Chaun and the rest of Cathy’s friends and family-
    We are so sorry for your deep loss. Cathy was a wonderfully kind person that will be sadly missed by all who knew her, including her family in Minnesota Pinto. We hope your memories and knowing how loved Cathy was, will bring you some comfort.

    Cris & KIra Stetler

  30. My sympathy goes out to Bob and family for there great loss. I’m sorry that I never got to know Cathryn. From the words of others, she sounded like a wonderful person, which so common with the Jostad family. May God give you peace in her memory.

  31. My condolences to Bob and the family.
    We, Kathy & I, enjoyed having Cathy and Bob for neighbors before we moved to Arizona. What great neighbors you were! I have great memories of you, Bob, as a student in KHS, too! Cathy was a gift from God to you parents of Kindred School District to take such great care of your children!

  32. Bob,
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Prayers and thoughts with you as you travel though this time.
    Please tell Chaun my sympathy also.
    Terry Goerger

  33. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time. Please know that Cathy touched so many children’s lives during her career and kept all of them safe, me being one of them. We will forever be grateful to Cathy.

  34. Bob and Family,
    So sorry for your loss, my prayers will include you.
    Blessings to you in this difficult time.

  35. My prayers continue for your family. May our God who is a God of comfort continue to comfort your hearts. Please extend my sympathies also to Sheila. It is never easy to lose a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

  36. Bob, words cannot express our sympathies at this terrible time for you, Ron would have been at the funeral but I fractured my neck and have to wear a neck brace till 12 – 19, I wish we would do something for you like fix a meal but that won’t be happening either at this time. We know Shelia and Larry Goughnour since Larry is a second cousin to Ron and we know Chaun since she drove bus when we did. Small world sometimes. Sending our sympathies and love!

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