Mass of Christian Burial for Mildred A. Bergstrom, age 101, of Ewing, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2016, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing. Father James Kramper will be Celebrant, with burial in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Ewing.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Norfolk, Nebraska and will also be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing, with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary.
Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden, Nebraska is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred died Monday, August 29, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Mildred A Bergstrom, daughter of John and Caroline (Vandenberg) Sanders, was born July 19, 1915, in Ewing, Nebraska. Mildred had two years of normal training in high school and attended one semester at Wayne State College. She taught school for three years at Keeler, one year at Deloit, and a year and half at Emporia, all in the Ewing area. Mildred managed her brother's store, Curly's Market, during World War II.
On May 27, 1947, she was united in marriage to Lester "Jap" Bergstrom at St Peter's Catholic Church in Ewing. Jap died at the end of 1961, the same year their youngest child Kevin was born, leaving Mildred to raise their seven children alone.
She was a member of St Peter's Church in Ewing where she taught CCD and was involved in Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader, and a town librarian from 1978 until 1992.
Mildred made bread, cinnamon rolls and quilts for her family. The quilts were very much appreciated not only for their warmth but for the love that was put into them.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Kevin and Francis; daughter, Rita Jean; brothers, Art and Aelred "Curly" Sanders; sisters, Ethel Trumble, Laura Stanage, and Bernice Harlan; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by son, Denis (Jody) Bergstrom of Ewing; daughters, Carolyn (Jake) Schindler of Ewing, Mary Jareske of Columbus, Ann Shelden of Norfolk, and Brenda (Paul) Greenlee of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Jeanne Bergstrom of Plainview; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and three step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Peter's Catholic Church Improvement Fund.