Mabel Bergstrazer, 97

Obit-Bergstazer-new-oneMabel Esther Bergstrazer of Little Falls, departed from her earthly journey, Thursday, March 14, 2013, at St. Otto’s Care Center, to begin her eternal journey safe in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 20, at Grace Covenant Church, Little Falls, with the Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery in Little Falls.

Mabel Esther Bergstrazer was born Feb. 23, 1916, in Gascoyne, N.D. to the late John and Olga (Vestfus) Runestad. She grew up in Gascoyne, N.D. and graduated from Gascoyne High School. Mabel worked at several dude ranches in Wyoming and Montana, and in her spare time she enjoyed riding the most spirited horses. During World War II, she moved to Illinois where she worked in the DuPont dynamite factory. Mabel was united in marriage to Harold R. Bergstrazer, June 26, 1948, in Thermopolis, Wyo. Following their marriage, Mabel and Harold farmed near Denhoff, N.D. They later moved to Montana and in 1958, the couple moved to Little Falls, where they purchased a farm west of Little Falls. That is where her days were filled with what she loved the most — being with and caring for her family, always encouraging us to learn new things like swimming, fishing, cooking “Button Soup” (Knaphla), learning computer skills, etc. Mother was an active member of Grace Covenant Church.

Mabel is survived by her daughter, Norma Hessary and husband, Khosrow, of Columbia, S.C.; son, Dennis and wife, Rose of Timika, Indonesia; brother, John Runestad of Billings, Mont.; sisters, Ella Hafner of Ludlow, S.D., Olga Harvey of Thermopolis, Wyo. and Lillian Andreen of Casper, Wyo.; sisters-in-law, Lucille and Nancy Bergstrazer and brother-in-law Norman Bergstrazer;  seven grandchildren, Angela (Mark) Benson, Jason (Lori) Sufka, Melissa (Ryan) White, Eric (Laura) Sufka, Justina (Chris) Reutepohler, Joy Bergstrazer, Jessica Bergstrazer and 10 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Bryan, Thomas, Dorothy, Autumn, Brielle, Chelsea, Ayla, Hudson and Callen. Also, numerous loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold R. Bergstrazer Dec. 9, 2004; four brothers, Oscar, Henry, Ted and Joseph Runestad and one sister, Ruth Shaffer.

Pallbearers were Mabel’s grandchildren.

Mabel’s family would like to thank the staff of St. Otto’s and Horizon Hospice for the compassion, care and love that they provided Mother. We grieve, but not as those without hope.

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