Dorothy Hamberg, 95, Albert Lea

Published 10:19 am Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dorothy Lucille (Stevens) Hamberg was born in the countryside of southern Minnesota on May 9, 1917, and passed away at the age of 95. She died at the home of her daughter, Barbara Hamberg, in Albert Lea, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.

On June 23,1937, she married the love of her life, Melferd Hamberg. They resided in Albert Lea most of their lives and raised three children together: Patricia, Barbara and Steven.

Dorothy was a member of First Lutheran Church, the Sons of Norway, Moose Lodge and the Eagles. Dorothy loved dancing, playing games with friends and family, and having people over for coffee in the afternoon. Reading books and baking were also some of her favorite activities.

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Her kindness and openness will be remembered forever by those who had the privilege to meet her. She relished the opportunity to make people happy and she had a genuine love of life.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melferd Hamberg; her parents Roy and Bessie (Fessenden) Stevens Sr.; her sisters Ruth (Harry) Matthies, Kitty (Ole) Stephenson and Betty Larsen; her brothers, Clyde Stevens, Clifford Stevens and Herschel (RuthAnn) Stevens; her nephew, Leslie (Gerry) Matthies; brothers-in-law Norvel (Violet) Hamberg and Clifford (Edna) Hamberg.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Patricia Bagstad, Barbara Hamberg and Steven (Darice) Hamberg; her former son-in-law, Duane C. Olson; her grandchildren, Michael (Sue) Bagstad, Cheri Bagstad, Lisa (Ken) Cheever, Jeffrey (Stephanie) Bagstad, Jonathan (Tammy) Bagstad and Danielle Hamberg; great-grandchildren, Gregory, Emily, Henry, Gwen, Sierra, Jada, Zoe and Kylie; her brother, Roy(Bernice) Stevens Jr.; and her sister-in-law, Lorraine (Hamberg) Spillman, along with many nieces and nephews.

The visitation and funeral will be held at First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. The visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday and the funeral service is at 2 p.m. Saturday.Interment is at Oakland Cemetery.

Thank you to Kim Barr and all the caregivers, family and friends who helped make the last few years of Dorothy’s life wonderful.