Rev. Chris D. Ongstad

Born: Fri., Aug. 21, 1953
Died: Tue., Mar. 27, 2018


3:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 02, 2018
Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Apr. 03, 2018
Location: Holy Cross Lutheran Church

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Rev. Chris D. Ongstad age 64; beloved husband of Joyce K. nee Erickson; loving father of Sarah (William) Byrnes, Chad (Tracie) and Jonathan (Stacie) Ongstad; cherished grandfather of Alex, Andrew, Sam, Jack, Ella and Luke; devoted son of Duane and the late Mary Ongstad; fond brother of Lynne and Thomas (Barbara) Ongstad; also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Alsip, IL since 1989. Aside from spending time with family and friends, Chris also enjoyed bicycling and the great outdoors while traveling with his adoring wife, Joyce. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Chris’s name to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lutheran World Relief or Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Visitation Monday April 2, 2018, 3 pm to 8 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church 4041 W. 120th St., Alsip, IL. Lying in State April 3rd at 9 am followed by Funeral Service at 10 am, Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Interment at Mt. Vernon Estates, Lemont, IL (708) 499-3223 or

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Janet Keefer Lagness
   Posted Wed March 28, 2018
It is with a heavy heart that I give you my sincere sympathy for your loss of Chris. I pray that God will hold your hand through this time and give you comfort and Peace.

Janet Keefer Lagness, RVHS, Class of 1971

James W. King
   Posted Wed March 28, 2018
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Chris' sudden passing. My heartfelt prayers, for the Lord's comfort, go out to his family. I will always fondly remember him gathering with our group of high school buddies at the Petersons. In answering the call on his life, what a legacy of service to Christ and His Church that Chris leaves behind! "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV)

kathleen triplett
   Posted Thu March 29, 2018
Dear Joyce
I was shocked to see this I am so sorry for your loss of your husband . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . May God comfort you all .

Kathy Boerner Triplett

Janet Pawlicki
   Posted Fri March 30, 2018
Dear Joyce,
My heart and prayers go out to your dear family. Hold dear to "remembered joy." I share with you my favorite quote send to me when I lost my husband suddenly. "There are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine done on us to let us know they are happy in heaven with God." Peace to you and your loved ones. Janet

Peter and Karen Donald
   Posted Fri March 30, 2018
We have never met your father or your mother or your brothers and their families, but we do know you, Sarah. We do know that you are a loving, kind and generous soul and that you have received these gifts from your parents. That truly makes your Dad and instrument of God. We also know what it feels like to lose a parent suddenly and unexpectedly. May the dear Lord, your Guardian Angel and the Holy Spirit comfort you the way they did for us. Our deepest condolences to you and your mother and your brothers and their families. May God continue to bless all of you! Pete and Karen Donald

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