Audrey Bergjord

December 28, 2017

obit Audrey Bergjord picSept. 21, 1920 – Dec. 15, 2017

Audrey Bergjord, age 97 of Toronto, South Da­kota, passed away Friday, Dec. 15 at the Hendricks Nursing Home in Hen­dricks. Funeral service was 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at Leganger Lutheran Church in Toronto. Visita­tion was 5-7 p.m. Wednes­day, Dec. 20 at Houseman Funeral Home Visitation Chapel in Toronto. Visi­tation resumed one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was at the Toronto City Cemetery. Houseman Funeral Home of Clear Lake, South Da­kota was entrusted with the arrangements.
Audrey Geraldine (Westgard) Bergjord was born Sept. 21, 1920 to Oscar and Mollie (Peter­son) Westgard. Audrey received her education at rural Oak Lake School and graduated in 1938 from Astoria High School.
On Oct. 28, 1939, Au­drey married Evenor Bergjord. They made their first home on a small acre­age called the Moe place, just across the road from his dad’s farm. The newly married couple started out with a team of hors­es, four cows, and $70 in cash. In 1946 they bought the Emerson farm, which was across the section from the Bergjord farm. The Emerson farm was bought for $50 an acre. Audrey loved life and en­joyed the challenges of being a wife, a partner in farming and a mother of five. Her Christian con­viction was strong as she served in many capaci­ties at Leganger Lutheran and was installed as their first woman Deacon. She considered it an honor to teach Sunday School.
In the early ‘60s Au­drey began working out of the home for Louie at Ensberg Store. In 1968 she was employed by 3M, retiring 20 years later.
In 2000, Audrey moved from the farm and settled in Toronto, South Dakota. In 2004, she moved to out of her home to receive ex­tra care due to Alzheim­er’s.
Her zest for life was expressed through her many interests—baking, quilting-sewing, garden­ing, church activity, PTA, Legion Auxiliary, trav­eling and especially through her good humor and wonderful laugh. She enjoyed a good story, and would often tell jokes only to discover she told the punchline at the be­ginning of the story, but had a good laugh anyway. Throughout the com­munity she was often referred to as “the donut lady” and enjoyed bring­ing baked items to friends and shut-ins.
Audrey is survived by her children who are grateful to have shared her life—Joan and Vir­gil Oldre of Minneapolis, Sally Bergjord of Hen­dricks, Brian and Dianne Bergjord of Flandreau, South Dakota, and Larry and Carol Bergjord of Sioux Falls, South Dako­ta; grandchildren Carman Oldre, Tina (Bob) Sand, Valerie (Doyle) Trooi­en, Meera (Cory) Lyver, Soni (Mike) Cariveau, Sandy (Phil) Orlick, Amy (Dwaine) Sutherand, Blake (Capri) Bergjord, Jason Bergjord and Ka­tie Bergjord; 20 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Norris Bergjord and sisters-in-law Carol Behrens and LeDonna Potter; numerous nieces, nephews and a wealth of friends.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Evenor and her son Dennis.

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