Viola Barbara Osgood (Kruchten) - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

Viola Barbara Osgood (Kruchten)

November 3, 1926 - May 8, 2019

Viola Barbara Osgood (Kruchten), age 92, of Richfield, MN passed away May 8, 2019 at our Lady of Peace Hospice. Survived by children: Richard (Cathy) of Apple Valley, Margaret (Thomas) Murphy of Richfield, Paul (Theresa) of Mazeppa, Larry (Lynelle) of St. Louis Park, Mark (Marta) of Eagan; 24 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren; sisters: Catherine (Gene) Reichensperger of St. Cloud, and Arline Orear of Seattle, WA., many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Edward and Elizabeth Kruchten; former husband Earl Osgood; infant grandson Laurel; sisters: Estelle (Olson), Mary Ann (Wade); brothers: Ralph, Harold, Harvey, Melvin.

Viola was born in St. Cloud Minnesota on Nov. 3, 1926. After graduating from St. Cloud Technical High School, she worked along side her father in the St. Cloud offices of the Registrar of Deeds and County Attorney and loved it. In 1946 she married Earl Osgood after his return from service in the Army. They lived in St. Cloud for a few years before moving to Minneapolis where they lived for almost 3 years. In 1954 they moved to Richfield where they raised their 5 children.

Viola’s life from childhood to adulthood was centered on her faith in Jesus Christ, and her family. A childhood highlight was when in 6th grade she was chosen May queen at school honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this role she led the May-day procession down the center isle in church. She was also given a picture with the saying: “ May you always be Our Ladies queen.” She also loved playing the role of Mary in the school Navity play.

Vi was a faithful member of St. Richard's Catholic Church in Richfield and for many years was a volunteer server at funeral luncheons there. Attending Mass, praying, and saying the rosary formed the foundation of her spiritual life. Her life was filled with gratitude and forgiveness. Her faith guided and sustained her during challenging times. She loved her family and was always there for her kids, grand kids and great grandkids. Family pictures throughout her house brought joyful memories of lasting legacy she has left on earth. She enjoyed having people visit and enjoyed taking part in family celebrations especially on holidays, weddings, birthdays, and our yearly family week at the cabin.

Vi greatly enjoyed her independence during the later years of her life. She remained fully engaged in life up until she passed. She loved reading the newspaper daily and reading books. She was an avid fan of the Twins and Vikings.

She was a person who made you feel welcome and always wanted to know what was going on in your life. You were often greeted by her saying, “how are you today?” She genuinely cared about people and made you feel affirmed and supported in your life. You felt better after talking to her. She proved, like so many people, that to have a meaning filled and rich life has nothing to do with your bank account, size of house, or fun vacations. It boils down to loving and following Jesus, loving and caring for others and being grateful for everything we have. This is what nearly 100 of her descendants have learned and are carrying with them into the world. The world is a better place because of Viola Osgood. This we are sure. She will be greatly missed.

The family wants to thank the staff at OLP for the wonderful care they gave Vi in her last days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to: Our Lady of Peace Hospice, 2076 Saint Anthony Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104.


  1. Teri Broderick says:

    I am so sorry about your grandma’s passing. Grandmas are so very special and dear. I am sure that she will be very missed in your life and in your family’s. My prayers that you will hold her love and memory very close.

    Teri Broderick

  2. Nancy & Dave Fisher says:

    Aunt Vi was such a special Auntie. We enjoyed sooo many laughs together. Heaven is honored to have her.

  3. Steven R. & Barbara Osgood says:

    We were saddened to hear of Vi’s passing. She was a lovely lady, whom everyone can be proud of. Please accept our sincere sympathies.

  4. Cathy & Gene Reichensperger says:

    Cathy Reichensperger, Sister, says:
    May 11,2019 at 10:30 pm
    Vi was my sister and a very beloved one. She was always interested in my family and what they were doing, always having a kind word about them. I would talk to her by telephone and get caught up with all of the happenings of our families. She will be greatly missed. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY VI.

  5. cathy &Gene Reichensperger says:

    Cathy Reichensperger-Sister of Vi Osgood
    May 11, 2019 at 9.25
    Vi and I would talk on the phone being that I live in St. Cloud so we didn’t see each other alot but always kept in touch. She was a very dear person who was always interested in my family. Her family meant so very much to her and she was always excited to talk about the new babys in the family. There were quite a few years between us in age so she was a care giver to me. How the years have passed. All I can say she will be sorely missed.

    Cathy & Gene Reichensperger


  6. D. Hetrick says:

    Dear Family of Viola Osgood,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God’s promise bring you comfort. There will be “a new earth… and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore… I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:1-5

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