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Delphine Bergstrom, 95

Delphine Genevieve (Isaacson) Bergstrom, age 95, of Cokato, died Monday, June 13, 2011 at the Cokato Manor.

She was born Dec. 20, 1915, in Minneapolis, to Gideon (Gene) and Jenny Isaacson. This Swedish girl got her name from a French friend of her mother.

Delphine moved at 18 months of age to Stockholm, MN; and then, at age 14, her family moved north of Cokato.

Delphine and classmate Rodney Bergstrom were lab partners and read their graduation speeches together. They graduated from Cokato High School with the class of 1934, and later began dating.

Following graduation, Delphine attended St. Cloud Teachers college. She taught in Annandale, until she married Rodney March 8, 1941, at Elim Mission Church in Cokato. During their marriage, they lived in Winona, Brainerd, Fargo, and Cokato.

A life-long teacher, Delphine worked at Cokato Elementary as a substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant until she was 70 years old.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing, flower gardening, spending time with family, fishing, and putting her feet in the water at the lake, and was an avid reader.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cokato.

Delphine witnessed many changes throughout her life. She was born in World War I, during horse-and-buggy time, and the early development of flight.

Delphine is survived by her children, Richard Bergstrom, Mary Jean Ortquist, Sue (Mike) Winge, and Lynda (Randy) Johnson, all of Cokato; grandchildren Tresha (Damon) Melquist, Jennah (Jeremiah) Verhey, Jordan Ortquist, Elizabeth (Josh) Kloos, Laura (Mark) Gabrielson, Annalicia (Phil) Niemela, and Grant Johnson; great-grandchildren Kenzie, Kylie, and Kasey Melquist, Jenavieve, Jasper, and Jorjah Verhey, Hayden and Vivian Kloos, and Cole Cochran.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Marjorie Moangen; and a son-in-law, David Ortquist.

A memorial service took place Saturday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.