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Alberta ‘Bertie’ Engel, 77

Alberta (Bertie) Elaine Engel, age 77, of Howard Lake, was called to her eternal rest Tuesday, July 20, 2010.

She was born July 8, 1933, in Howard Lake, the daughter of Floyd and Nellie (Rasmussen) Blodgett. Bertie was baptized in August of 1947, at the Howard Lake Church of Christ, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith May 6, 1951, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake by the Rev. Theo. Melinat.

Bertie was united in marriage to Roger Engel Sept. 16, 1950. This union was blessed with six children. They lived and farmed in Cokato Township.

Bertie was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She served for years as the Sunday school superintendent, and as president and vice-president of the LWML.

Bertie was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Blodgett; mother and stepfather, Nellie and Charles W. Nelson; an infant son, Mark; and her husband, Roger.

She is survived by her children, Sheila Briesemeister of Howard Lake, Linda Engel of Minneapolis, Marijo Thomas and special friend Rob Belt of Little Canada, David Engel of Cokato, and Sharon and her husband, Neil Howell, of Plymouth; grandchildren Aaron and his wife, Aleesha Briesemeister of Glendale, AZ, Amber Briesemeister of Howard Lake and her fiancé Jacob Lind of Gaylord, Lindsay and Matthew Bessard of Minneapolis, Angie and her husband, Aaron Kalata, of Blaine, and Derek Remer of Plymouth; and great-granddaughters Savannah and Charlotte Kalata.

She is further survived by her stepsister, Carol (Darrell) Jacobson; stepbrothers Edward (Ruby) Nelson and Charles L. (Connie) Nelson; sister-in-law Marilyn Engel; nieces; nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Saturday, July 24 at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Nancy Butterfass was the organist, with special music by the ladies of the LWML. Interment was in the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.