ROCHESTER -- Mrs. Kathryne J. Bergstrom, 88, of Rochester, formerly of Cushing, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
Kathryn Jane Clawson was born June 14, 1916, to Sylvester and Mame (Barber) Clawson in Stone Lake, Wis. She was raised in various communities in southeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin. She was a graduate of the public schools in Brainerd, Minn. She then attended teachers' college in Brainerd. She taught school in southeastern Minnesota and then in Pillager. On June 10, 1939, she married Donald Bergstrom in Rail Prairie, Minn. The couple farmed at Rail Prairie. Mrs. Bergstrom loved her grandchildren and enjoyed gardening, particularly flowers. She and her husband have resided at Sunrise Cottages in Rochester for the past three years.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Bergstrom, of Rochester; a son, Donald "Jim" Bergstrom, and his wife, Susie, in California; daughters, Ardythe Melby, and her husband, Allan, of Cranberry Township, Pa., Irene Mlenek, and her husband, Art, of Waseca, Minn., and Susan "Sue" Van Oort, and her husband, Steve, of Rochester; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Bergstrom, of Bradenton, Fla.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Clawson, of Danville, Calif., and Andrew Clawson, of Redfield, S.D.; and sisters, Jane Egland, of Rochester, and Mary Jensen, and her husband, Howard, of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David Bergstrom; a daughter in infancy; a grandson, Eric Bergstrom; and two brothers, Joe and Del Clawson.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Pillager with Pastor Juli Sutton-Deem officiating. Interment will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery in Pillager. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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