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Blanch Spangberg Akkerman, of Eden Prairie, formerly of Mora, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Castle Ridge Care Center in Eden Prairie.  She was 98 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.

INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Blanch Akkerman, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, originally from Mora, passed away in her sleep on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Castle Ridge Care Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She was 98 years, 2 months, and 13 days old.

She was born December 16, 1917 in Washburn, ND, the daughter of Clarence and Edith Sundstrom.  She had four brothers and three sisters. 
Blanch married her first husband, Walter H. Spangberg in 1936. They lived on the Spangberg family farm near Wilton, North Dakota, where their first two children, James and Edith, were born.  At that time, the family attended Sunne Lutheran Church in Wilton.

In 1939, they moved to Mora, Minnesota where they farmed for about a year. Their second two children, Allen and Rodney, were born there. In 1942, the family moved to Minneapolis, where they lived until Walter died in 1962.  For much of that time, while raising her children, she worked at the Kickernick and Munsingwear sewing factories and in the lab at Northwestern Hospital. Blanch enjoyed music and taught herself to play the piano/electric organ. She also enjoyed crocheting and sewing. The family lived happily near Loring Park, where they enjoyed activities such as family outings and band concerts in the park. They were members of Central Lutheran Church.
After Walter died, Blanch moved back to Mora where she met and married Oltman Akkerman, known by most of their friends as Al.  They lived on Fish Lake, south of Mora.  She and Al were active in the Mora American Legion, and enjoyed playing Santa and Mrs. Claus. They also sang in the choir at the Brunswick Lutheran Church.  After Al died in 1995, Blanch moved to Park Forest apartments in Mora and lived there until moving to an assisted living facility in Cambridge, MN. Due to health reasons, she then moved to Castle Ridge Care Center in Eden Prairie, MN.

Blanch is survived by daughter, Edith (Gene) Moorhead of Plymouth, MN; sons Jim (Donna) Spangberg of Savage MN, Allen (Pat) Spangberg of Raleigh NC, and Rodney Spangberg (special friend Pelusa) of Chile, South America; 4 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are sisters Norma Carson and Helen Carson, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Blanch is preceded in death by first husband Walter Spangberg, second husband Oltman Akkerman, parents Clarence and Edith Sundstrom, sister Lillian Reese, brothers Wayne, Harold, William and Leland Sundstrom. 


  1. Edith, Jim, Alan, Rodney and families,

    You all were blessed with a wonderful mother and grandmother. I have so many memories of Aunt Blanch, when they lived in the old schoolhouse by grandma and grandpas and then by Fish Lake. What a beautiful and gracious lady she was. The Sundstrom’s were quite a long lived family and I’m sure you had many good years togther. 98 Wow!

  2. We were blessed to have moved back to Minnesota so we could see Blanch in the last few years. Reunioning with family was a real gift for Mother and me.
    Our love goes out to Edith, Jim, Allen, and Rodney and their families in their loss.
    Sister ..Norma

  3. Very sorry to see that Blanch has left us , I’ll always remember the good visits my wife and I used to have with Al and Blanch , they said the black dirt they got from me was so good that they could hear the flowers growing in it !

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