Marion E. BergstromIssue Date: July 22, 2020
Marion E. (King) Bergstrom, 101, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at Luther Manor Home where she resided since 2014.
Born Aug. 20, 1918 in Utica, Mn., to Robert and Mildred (Midler) King, just as World War II was ending and in the midst of the Pandemic Flu of 1918.
The fourth of six children, she enjoyed small town life until the sudden death of her father from a heart attack. Her older brothers found jobs to help support the family and at age 10, she babysat as well as helped watch a baby sister 10 years younger.
During the Great Depression, times were hard but with the help of family and friends they soldiered on. Between three jobs and a scholarship, she attended Macalester College in St. Paul, graduating in 1942.
She volunteered for the Red Cross, with training in Washington D.C., and was shipped off to a Military Hospital in Guam. She enjoyed helping blind or disabled wounded soldiers by reading mail and writing letters for them, read them books or newspapers, talked to them using her wit and sense of humor and used encouraging words at the right time.
After the war, she traveled and studied Secretary course work finishing in 1956. She lived and worked in St. Paul, New York, Alaska and Newfoundland.
She enjoyed time with family, especially her four young nephews from Minnesota, who she took on picnics and camping trips, to concerts and plays at Macalester and Museums and Art Galleries in the Twin Cities. She kept a place in their heart as their mentor.
In her early 40's, she was hired as Secretary to the CEO of Ansul Chemical Co., where she met Donald Bergstrom and they married in June of 1962. They enjoyed good times sailing along Lake Michigan shores aboard the "Merrydon", traveling, growing gardens, raising service dogs and bird-watching from their home on M-35.
They were both proud members of the Audobon Society. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Menominee, where she was active in Women's ministries, was also involved in the local PEO group, "Sheep to Shawl" Guild, Library causes, AAUW, Seeing Eye Dogs for the Blind, Boys and Girls Club of Menominee, Presbyterian Point Bible Camp, was a substitute teacher for local schools and was a Master Gardener and researcher of Geneology.
She was a kind, thoughtful, loving person who was genuine and generous, widely read in literature, well-travelled; a conversationalist that reached out to others, was enthusiastic, optimistic, creative, painted lovely portraits, was professional and a Homemaker.
She is survived by two step-children, Ron (Lydia) Bergstrom and Kathy Larkin and their children, all from California; two nephews, Gary (Glen) King of Minneapolis, Mn. and Allen (Phyllis) of Rochester, Ill.; two nieces, Laurie (Ron) Thompson of Bloomington and Cheryl Baker of California; nieces, Diane Hanson, Barbara (John) Hartz and Fay (Kim) Klitzke, all of Menominee, Linda (John) Campbell of Marinette, Jan (Lowell) Bengry and Karen (Bruce) Fellion of Stephenson, Elaine Jorgenson of Washington, Betty (Tom) Ennis of Weyland, Mi., Jean Topping, Apple Valley, Mn. and Ada Joyce Bergstrom of Midland Tx.; three nephews, Tim (Karen) Bergstrom of Green Bay, Norris Bergstrom, Jr. of New Mexico and Charles Kendall of Grand Prairie, Tx. and four special friends, Susan Bork, Lois Bertrand, Arlene "Timmie" Riley and Nancy Behrendt.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Donald "Donny" four brothers; a sister; five nephews; four nieces; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
A visitation will be held at at Cadieu Funeral Home in Menominee on Wednesday, July 22 from 4 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 6 p.m., with Rev. Ron Helgerson presiding. Social distancing and wearing of masks will be important.
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