BERTHA ANN SCHWENDEMAN

B. Schwendeman webphotoBertha Schwendeman, of Ogilvie, died on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at her home. She was 77 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 7th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Bob DeYoung presiding.

VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

INURNMENT will be at a later date in the Maine Prairie Cemetery of Kimball.

Bertha Ann Schwendeman was born on September 5, 1932 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to parents Alexander and Luella (Olson) Madson. At the age of seven, Bertha and the family moved to California. While waitressing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Bertha met James Schwendeman and on October 19, 1956 the couple was united in marriage in Minden, Nevada. A couple of years after their marriage the couple returned to Minnesota and finally settled in the Mora area in 1959.

Bertha worked for Fingerhut for several years, but her passion was cooking. She began working as a cook at Dibbo’s restaurant, but eventually opened her own restaurant, the Home Caf in downtown Mora. She then owned the Poodle Dog Bar on Highway 65, the Pine Brook Inn on Highway 95 near Cambridge, and finally the Dew Drop Inn on Highway 47 near Ann Lake. However, due to declining health, Bertha had to retire from her many years in the kitchen.

After her retirement, Bertha enjoyed her free time by making and selling lawn ornaments, tending to her beautiful roses and flowers, and watching and feeding the many birds that came to her windows. She enjoyed the company of her beloved Pekinese, Tippy, while watching western movies and the cooking channel.

Bertha loved traveling back to California in the winters to visit her family and friends, and spend time by the ocean. But she would always return to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in Minnesota. Her family will miss the Sunday dinners of homemade fried chicken. She will be deeply missed.

Bertha is preceded in death by her parents; husband James; daughter Juanita Lofkvist; grandson Walter Wildhirt; son Roger Schwendeman and brother Sonny Madson.

She is survived by her children Kirt Wildhirt (Rebecca Kramer) of Foreston; Carmelita (Richard) Stafford of Mora, Pauletta (Lyle) Klinghagen of Bock; and Marletta Parker of Coon Rapids; son-in-law Howard Lofkvist of Cambridge; ten grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; brother Lee (Sharon) Madson of Cloverdale, CA; sisters Vicki (Harold) Cole of Napa, CA, Jean Cranford of Clear Lake, CA, Kathleen (Ron) Darling of Redding,CA, and Dolly Greene of Red Bluff, CA; sister-in-law Marilyn Rausch of Cushing, MN; brother-in-law Jack (Fran) Sczczodroski of Little Falls, MN; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral home of Mora with Rev. Bob DeYoung presiding. Urn Bearers were Nick Stafford, Chris Stafford, Adam Stafford, Kirk Wildhirt Jr., Spence Lofkvist, Ryan Lofkvist, James Lofkvist, Joe Mrosla, and Art Harlander. Inurnment will be in the Maine Prairie Cemetery in Kimball, Minnesota.

3 guestbook entries for BERTHA ANN SCHWENDEMAN

  1. Vicky Berry August 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    My prayers are with you all. Bertha will be greatly missed and i feel so bad that she lived so close and I didn’t find the time to go visit. She is so deeply loved.

  2. S Peterson August 9, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    We were so sorry to just find out about your beloved mother, she will be missed by all. We would have come to the Memorial Service if we’d known about it. I know there is nothing we can do or say to help much, but please know you have friends who care and understand. Please believe she is now celebrating with those loved ones who went before her. This world has lost a wonderful lady. Our deepest sympathy,
    Sandi & Roger Peterson

  3. Franz & DeLores Gossen August 14, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    To Bertha’s family ~ We are so sorry for your loss, she was a real nice lady, and gone way too soon. Our Prayers are with all of you.

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