Lois Ruth Bergene, 85

Published 8:42 am Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lois Ruth Bergene, 85

Lois Ruth Bergene, 85, of rural Adams, Minnesota, died at her home on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

Lois was born Aug. 27, 1933, in Lakefield, Minnesota, to Walter and Alma (Mrotz) Huemoeller. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1951 and from Mankato State Teachers College in 1954. Lois married Ward Bergene on June 19, 1955, at Hayward Lutheran Church.

Lois was a lifelong learner and teacher. She taught sixth grade at Adams Public School. Lois was very involved at Little Cedar Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school classes, Vacation Bible School, led the WELCA Women’s group, CIRCLE Bible study and for many years planned and directed the children’s Christmas program. Lois was also involved in many community organizations. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Adams American Legion Auxiliary, and Adams Garden Club.

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Lois enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, and solving crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed golfing, bowling, camping, and gardening. Lois loved to plan parties and gatherings for friends and family. She was happiest looking up new recipes, creating the menu and preparing the holiday meal for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Alma Huemoeller; husband, Ward Bergene; granddaughter, Tegan Christopherson; brothers, Robert Huemoeller and Donald Huemoeller; brothers-in-law, Bruce Kermes and Conrad Sletta; and sister-in-law, Mavis Bergene.

Lois is survived by her children, Bradley Bergene, Tucson Arizona, Brian (Teresa) Bergene, Rose Creek Minnesota, Bruce (Mary) Bergene, Elkton, Minnesota, Bettina (Allan) Christopherson, St. Michael, Minnesota, Brett (Sherri) Bergene, St. Paul Minnesota, and Bryce Bergene, Elkton; 12 grandchildren, Nathan Bergene, Shawna Klaehn, Clinton Bergene, Daniel Bergene, Aric Bergene, Tyler Bergene, Brandon Bergene, Colton Christopherson, Hannah Bergene, Hallie Bergene, Henry Bergene and Hogan Bergene; four great-grandchildren, Aiden Klaehn, Kelson Klaehn, Charlie Bergene and Conley Bergene; sister, Bonnie Kermes, Owatonna, Minnesota; sisters-in-law, Alice Huemoeller and Pat Huemoeller; brother-in-law, Virgil Bergene; sister-in-law, Jane Sletta; cousin-in-law, Dorothy Bergene; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jeremy Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Little Cedar Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Adams Funeral Home and one hour before the service on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice.