Ruby Viola Lien, 95, of Litchfield, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Cokato Manor, where she had been recovering from a fall in her home in January.
A memorial service will take place Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, with burial at Ness Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, May 2, 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield.
Ruby was born April 26, 1921, in Collinwood Township, Meeker County, to Arvid and Sarah (Stromberg) Bergquist. She and her twin brother, Reuben were baptized in what is today the parsonage of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, and they were confirmed June 9, 1935, at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.
Ruby graduated from Cokato High School, earned an elementary teaching certificate in Litchfield in 1940, and later graduated with her bachelor of science degree from St. Cloud State University in 1972.
She was united in marriage to Roger Lien of rural Litchfield Aug. 19, 1944. Ruby and Roger raised two sons, and continued to live in the Litchfield area for the rest of their lives.
Beginning in the fall of 1941 until her retirement in 1984 (with a break of more than 10 years to raise her sons), Ruby taught in the rural schools of Meeker County, and later in the elementary school in Eden Valley. She demonstrated a passion for teaching throughout her life, and remained active in the Delta Kappa Gamma society for women educators long after her career had ended.
Ruby and Roger were members of Ness Lutheran Church until its closing in 1969. They continued their active membership at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield, where they served on boards and committees for many years. Ruby cherished the close friendships she built over several decades on the Mission Sewing circle.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, travel, music, maintaining correspondence with relatives in Sweden, supporting the Minnesota Vikings, and especially, spending time with her children and grandchildren. Summer weeks spent at the Bergquist family cabin north of Brainerd held particular significance for Ruby.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin brother, Reuben Bergquist; and her loving husband of 50 years, Roger.
Ruby is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Johnson of Monticello; sister-in-law Ardelle Bergquist of Monticello; two sons, Steven (Chrys) of Cokato, and Michael (Kathryn) of White Bear Lake; four grandchildren, Erik (Cristina) of St. Paul, David (Leigh Ann) of Franklin, TN, Andrea of St. Paul, and Elizabeth (Fernando Rodriguez) of Arlington, VA; and five great-grandchildren.