Wilma June Berggren, age 96, of Stromsburg passed away peacefully on May 4, 2021 at the Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg, Nebraska surrounded by her family.
Wilma was born October 5, 1924 at Mont Ida, in Anderson County, Kansas to Rosell (Landis) and Claude Boots. The influence of her Amish grandmother in her early years laid the foundation for her strong faith as she grew older. She attended rural country school and graduated from Welda High School in Welda, Kansas in 1943. After attending Business College in Ottawa, Kansas she worked as a stenographer in the office of the Army Quartermaster Depot in Kansas City, Missouri. While living in Kansas City, Wilma’s brother introduced her to his roommate at flight training school. The roommate, Lewis Brooke Berggren and Wilma were united in marriage on January 27, 1946 in Garnett, Kansas. To this union two children were born, a daughter Sharon, and a son Robert.
Brooke and Wilma started their married life in Lincoln, Nebraska. While Brooke attended the University of Nebraska, Wilma worked as a legal secretary in a law firm, and later in the offices of Goodyear. In 1949 they moved to a farm southeast of Stromsburg where they farmed until their retirement in 1986. They left the farm she loved in 1995 and moved into Stromsburg.
Wilma was a member of the United Methodist church for over 65 years and served on various boards and committees of the church, as well as teaching Sunday School for many years. She was a member and past president of the United Methodist women. She was a 65 year member of Rob Morris Chapter Order of Eastern Star where she held offices for many years. She belonged so several neighborhood clubs, was a 65 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a 55 year member and past president of Chapter AR, PEO. In 1997 she was queen of the Swedish Festival.
Wilma enjoyed Sewing, working with crafts, gardening, reading and playing cards with friends. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were an important part of her life.
Preceeding her in death were her parents, husband, L. Brooke Berggren, sister-in-law Eileen Boots, nephew, Randy Boots, brother Robert Boots, sister Norma Benjamin and husband Leonard, brother James Boots and brother-in-law Alan Berggren.
Survivors include her daughter Sharon (Roger) Sundberg, son Robert (Dana) Berggren, grandson Scott Sundberg (Gwen Tonniges) and their son Brooks, granddaughter Kathy (Craig) Lundstrom and their children Cael and Brexton, all of Stromsburg; granddaughter Alexis Berggren (Mark Tingley) and their children Willa Faye and Theodore Robert of Evansville, Indiana; step grandson Jed Andrews of Portland, Oregon, Step granddaughter Arielle (Nick) Bell and their children Zaeden, Gatsby and Lazarus of Stromsburg, sister Patti (Maurice) Horner of Wichita, Kansas, sister-in-law Lee Braasch of Stromsburg, sister-in-law, Joann Boots of Derby, Kansas, sister-in-law Estelle Watt of Garnett, Kansas, and a host of other relatives and friends.
A private family burial will be held Monday morning, May 10, 2021, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Stromsburg, Pastor Neil Kloppenborg officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, May 9, 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Dubas Funeral Home in Stromsburg. Pianist will be Kathy Olson. Organist will be Mary Anne Guggenmos. Musical selections will be "He Touched Me" and "God Bless America." Pallbearers will be Scott Sundberg, Craig Lundstrom, Cael Lundstrom, Brexton Lundstrom, Brooks Sundberg, Kathy Sundberg, Gwen Tonniges, Mark Tingley and Alexis Berggren.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.
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