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Elizabeth Vergin, 90

Elizabeth “Betsy” Margaret (Mitchell) Vergin, age 90, of Rockford, MN, after a good life filled with joy, left her Earthly garden Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. She now resides in the Promised Land.

Betsy’s journey in life began Nov. 5, 1931, born to William “Syd” and Laura (Bokusky) Mitchell at the Buffalo Hospital.

She grew up on the shores of Lake Sarah, where Syd and Laura owned and operated the Lake Sarah Ballroom from 1932 until 1967. Betsy was the “popcorn girl” at the ballroom dances until she married the love of her life, Lloyd Vergin, June 18, 1949. They were blessed with 10 children, 30 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

The dream of having a store began in 1957, on the farm in Hamel. An old chicken coop was converted into the first “Vergin Sales,” selling baler twine, small tools, and miscellaneous household items.

In 1959, they purchased a house and small store building on Hwy. 55 in Rockford. Their “dream store” developed into a thriving business, selling furniture, appliances, TVs, flooring, etc. Lloyd and Betsy both worked at the store, along with their daughter, Valerie, and son, Reinhold. Their son, Jeff ,opened a TV repair shop within the store. In 1991, Reinhold purchased Vergin Sales and continues to operate the family business.

Lloyd and Betsy were avid fishermen, keeping a journal of their fishing adventures for all the family to enjoy at their cabin in Annandale. They also loved playing Euchre with their card club friends. Betsy enjoyed her houseplants and birdwatching from her picture window.

Betsy was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, in 2017; daughter, Tammy Schellenberg; parents, Syd and Laura Mitchell; siblings, Sydney Mitchell Jr. and Margaret (Mitchell) Klaers.

She is survived by her children, Valerie (Jerry) Weyer, Vance (Laurie), Reinhold (Sharon), Jeff (Shelley), Veronica (Steve) Olson, Vicky (Dave) Knecht, Sandy (Travis) Kramer, Cheri (Darryl) Gullickson, and Stacie (Jeff) Beyer; 30 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Carol (Mitchell) McCann.

Thank God for sending his host of Angels at The Legacy of St. Michael and the Metro Hospice Team for all the caring and support shown to our Mother and our family – especially her “Guardian Angels,” Naydeen and Marilyn.

A Mass of Christian burial took Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior at the Church of Maximilian Kolbe – St. Peter Campus, 217 S. River Street in Delano, MN 55328. Interment was at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford, MN.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com.

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