PINE RIVER -- Lenard Carl West, 86, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. He had enjoyed good health much of his life until a sudden illness occurred a couple of months ago. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at Willim-Northland Funeral Home in Pine River. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at the First Lutheran Church, Pine River, with the Rev. John H. Twiton to officiate. There will be a time for fellowship and refreshments following the service at the church before going to the cemetery. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. at Borgholm Cemetery in Bock with the Rev. Tom Sahlstrom officiating. Arrangements are with Willim-Northland Funeral Homes, Pine River.
Lenard was born in Bogus Brook Township in Mille Lacs County near Bock, Minn., to Charles and Hannah (Burns) West on June 10, 1917. He grew up on his parents' farm and attended a typical rural two-room school nearby. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1935, attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., graduating in 1939, and later received a master's degree from St. Cloud Teachers College in business education.
He first taught at the high school in Balaton, Minn. On Sept. 7, 1940, he married Viva Esther Marie Bergstrom at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Bock. The couple lived in Balaton for one year, then in 1941 moved to Pine River, where they resided for the rest of their lives. They had one daughter, Kristine. Lenard and his wife enjoyed the community of Pine River, the outdoors, hunting and fishing with friends.
Lenard taught business at the Pine River High School. During this time, he also worked as an insurance agent and when he retired from teaching at age 62, he set up his own insurance business in Pine River. He remained active in this career until his recent illness.
Lenard is survived by his daughter Kristine and her husband, George Blesener, Arden Hills; Doris Bergstrom, Pine River; Donald and Marie Bergstrom, Bock; Carl and Betty Anne Bergstrom, Helena, Mont.; James and Mary Alice Bergstrom, Colorado Springs, Colo.; cousins: Volnie O'Brien, Shoreview; Russell Peterson, Minneapolis; Clinton Stein, Amery, Wis.; and Gerald Stein, Plum City, Wis. His parents, wife, Viva in 1996, and several cousins preceded him in death.
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