Obituaries Maurice Bergh

Maurice O. Bergh, 82, Watertown, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004, in a local care center.

Funeral services were held Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the New Helgen Lutheran Church at Florence with the Rev. Gary Anderson and Rae Speiser officiating. Music was provided by vocalists, Alysia Zens and Joel Chilson accompanied by Dorothy Anderson.

Burial was in the Goodhue Cemetery at Florence. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Kim Wilde and Eunice Reichling. Active pallbearers were Ryan Bergh, Spencer Waite, Nick Waite, Jason Zens, Thomas Dendinger, Michael Dendinger, Kim Bergh, Theresa Dendinger and Alysia Zens.

Visitation was Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Wight, Comes and Sogn Funeral Chapel at Watertown. According to his wishes, there was a song fest Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral chapel. Visitation continued Thursday prior to the services in the church.

Memorials may be designated to the Children's Care Hospital and School, the American Heart Association or Prairie Lakes Hospice.

Maurice Orlando Bergh, the son of Ole and Magna (Olson) Bergh was born June 15, 1922, in Codington County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Goodhue Lutheran Church in Florence. He grew up in rural Florence and attended Florence High School and Meland #53.

He married Lucile Arnesen June 16, 1946, in the Goodhue Lutheran Church. He lived on the Bergh family farm for 77 years. He worked for the U.S. Census Bureau in 1965. He and his wife moved to Watertown in 2000.

He was a member of the Goodhue Lutheran Church where he served on various boards. He also was a 4-H leader and served on the Meland #53 school board, Codington County Red Cross board, was director of Codington County Electric from 1958 to 1988, was state representative to the SDREA for Codington County and was president of the S.D. Rural Electric Association for eight years.

He enjoyed woodworking and sharing his projects with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Lucile Bergh of Watertown; one son, Mike Bergh and his wife Barb of Florence; two daughters, Cyndi Dendinger and her husband Bill of Vermillion and Pat Waite and her husband Monty of Watertown; one brother, Philip Bergh and his wife Betty of Florence; one sister, Marjorie Mills and her husband Harry of Wildomar, CA; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Ruby Heger

Ruby Abild Heger, 96, passed from this life at Mountain View Hospital in Las Cruces, NM, on Oct. 6, 2004. Born in rural Clay County on July 7, 1908 to Henry N. Abild and Anna Nelson Abild, she graduated from Wakonda High School and received bachelor's and master's degrees in education from The University of South Dakota.

Predeceased by her husband of 20 years, J. Herbert Heger, and by her brothers Lyal and Sidney Abild, she is survived by sons Bert Heger of Las Cruces, NM, Ed Heger of Kalispell, MT, nephews Arden and Orin Abild of Wakonda, and by nieces Susan Marrinan of Milwaukee, WI, and Lois Roselle of Oklahoma City, OK.

After a long and varied career in education, she retired as faculty emeritus from Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA. After retirement she and her husband resided in Las Vegas, NV, and Las Cruces, NM.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. Visitation will be an hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Olga M. Anderson

Olga M. Anderson, 91 died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2004 at Avera Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Irene.

Olga Helgager was born June 6, 1913 at Freeman, to Hans and Minnie (Olsen) Helgager. She grew up in the Freeman area and attended Freeman country school.

She married Arnold K. Anderson May 24, 1934 at Olivet. The couple farmed for many years, retiring in 1987 and moving into the town of Irene. Mrs. Anderson enjoyed being a homemaker and entertaining her families. She was also active with church organizations.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph (Kathy) of Scotts Bluff, NE, and Randy (Pam) of Irene; a daughter, Karyn (Don) Nelson of Yankton; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers and sisters. She was the last survivor of 13 children.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Irene. Burial was in Turkey Valley Lutheran Cemetery, rural Irene.

Visitation was from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.

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