Alvina Bertha Bergquist, age 77, of Dassel, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.
She was born Jan. 2, 1937, in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, the daughter of Godfred and Bessie (Summerfield) Nelson.
Alvina grew up in the Darwin area, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1955.
She was united in marriage to Marlow Bergquist July 20, 1956, at All Saints Lutheran Church in Darwin. The couple made their home in Dassel, where they raised their three children. They celebrated their 58th year of marriage this summer.
Alvina and Marlow owned and operated the Log Cabin in Dassel for several years.
Alvina was a Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader, and a Cub Scout den mother.
She was employed as a sales clerk at Arlys’ Apparel in Cokato, and Bretts Clothing Store in Hutchinson; and as a bank teller at the Dassel State Bank, and at the First National Bank of Cokato, where she eventually retired from.
Alvina enjoyed sewing, crafts, cross stitching, and spending time in her garden. In addition, she was blessed to spend time with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She made the “Church Basement Ladies” aprons, and spent many hours decorating the church basement for the changing seasons.
Alvina enjoyed the holidays; decorating her home and preparing wonderful meals for her family as they gathered together.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Alvina will be missed dearly.
She is survived by her husband, Marlow of Dassel; children Robin (Daniel) Johnson of Watkins, Charlene Danielson of Dassel, and Gary (Ann) Bergquist of Plymouth; eight grandchildren, Torrey Keith, Travis Keith, Dallas Danielson, Chad Johnson, Cassie Akerson, Ryan Johnson, Kyle Bergquist, and Leah Bergquist; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Alfreda “Fritz” Simmons of Darwin, and Violet “Vi” (Roy) Johnson of Litchfield.
Alvina was preceded in death by her daughter, Gail; parents; brother Roy Nelson; and great-granddaughter Natalie Danielson.
A funeral service took place Friday, Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Carolyn Pflipsen officiating. A private interment of the urn took place later in the day.
There was a time to gather with the family Thursday evening, Nov. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.