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Sylvia K. Osborn

December 15, 1943 — September 24, 2023


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Sylvia (Sally) Osborn, who passed away peacefully on 9/24/2023 surrounded by family. She was born on 12/15/1943 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up in Faribault, MN before moving to Minot, ND her senior year of high school, where she graduated from Bishop Ryan High School. She married Thomas J. Osborn on 5/4/1969. Over the years they called Orange County (California), Minot, and Fargo home. 

Sally raised three boys, two of which kept her on her toes and possibly contributed to a little gray hair. She was a "boy mom" through and through. When she was done raising her own children, she got a job cooking for the young men at Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity on the NDSU campus. Ostensibly, she was hired as a cook, but to many of the young men away from home for the first time she was like a second mom. Her impact was felt by many. 

Sally was known for her quick wit, sense of humor, stubborn resolve, and compassion for others. She was quick to strike up a conversation with anyone, strangers and friends alike. She had a disarming quality to her interactions, so people felt comfortable opening up to her. She was a voracious reader over the years and loved tending to her flower garden. While summer was her favorite time of year, she especially enjoyed the changing of the leaves as the seasons transitioned from summer to fall. She loved to travel, be it a car ride into the country or a trip to another country. 

She is survived by her children, Josh (Shelly) Osborn, Charlie (Becky) Osborn, Chris (Shannon) Osborn; grandchildren, Andrew (Debbie), Shay, Casey, Savana, Noah (Elissa), Kylie, Lennon, and Cambria; and great-grandchild, (Karter). She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Sylvia Luxem; brother, Peter Luxem; and husband, Thomas J. Osborn. 

In keeping with her wishes, a celebration of life will occur next summer with friends and family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Red River Valley in memory of Sally Osborn.

As we mourn the passing of our mother her words will echo in our minds. During difficult times she was quick to remind us that "this too shall pass." And to her youngest she often would quip, "lighten up." Sally will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Everyone needs a Sally in their life!

Arrangements are under the direction of Wright Funeral Home. For further details or to share memories and condolences, please visit

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