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Bergit Iverson

Bergit Iverson, 100, passed away on July 26, 2015 after taking her last breath at Good Samaritan Center in Park River, ND.

Bergit Woldseth was born June 10, 1915 in Newland Township, Ramsey County to Hans and Marie (Hovde) Woldseth. She attended school in the Edmore area and graduated from Edmore High School in 1933. She continued her education at Valley City State Teacher’s College and received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1937. Bergit married Ike Iverson on December 4, 1940. They lived in Fairdale, ND where she taught school for almost 30 years. Ike passed away February 10, 1972. Bergit continued to live in Fairdale until moving to Park River in the early 1990s. She was a resident of Good Samaritan Center in Park River at the time of her death.

Bergit enjoyed baking, gardening and travelling. She and Ike took trips all over the United States. Bergit loved to oil paint and would give many of her creations away to people. She was very close to the Lord and was a member of the former Silvesta Lutheran Church and Aadalen Lutheran Free Church of Fairdale.

Bergit is survived by son Robert B. (JoClaire) Iverson of Langdon, ND; step-son Gordon Iverson of San Antonio, TX; step-daughter Colleen Iverson of Idaho Falls, ID; 28 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and brother Harold Woldseth of Edmore, ND. She is preceded in death by husband Ike; siblings: Edroy, Sylvia Ness, Astry Skjelbostad, Gladys Lloyd, Helene Brasseur, and Valborg Berglund; three step-sons: George, Lloyd and Franklin; and step-daughter Hellyn.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fairdale, ND with Pastor Don Reynolds officiating.
Inurnment will be at Concordia Cemetery, Edmore, ND.

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I did not know that my precious friend and mentor during my earlier years had passed away and am sorry I was unaware of Bergie's home going. But, even if it has been almost a year, I want to add my condolences and wonderful memories of this amazing centenarian and saint of God! She has been a powerful force in my life since my teenage years, when she was a part of our prayer group and even church in their home. My dad, Allan Flaten, was her pastor during part of this time; he even performed the marriage to her precious husband, Alvin, who was his cousin, and I remember that I played (and probably sang) for their wedding. As the years passed and I lived elsewhere, I remember coming to the Good Samaritan Home several times in the latter years that she resided there, always having such good conversations about the goodness of the Lord and ending in prayer, assuring her that I would return soon and keep her in my thoughts and prayers! She seemed to genuinely appreciate the visits, and I cannot express how much they did for me! She encouraged me so many, many times in my walk with the Lord. I look forward to sitting down with her in Heaven one day and not only reminisce, but worship, with her around the Throne of God!

Rebecca (Flaten) Bafford Jul 12 2016 12:00 AM

We are really going to miss Grandma Bergie. Besides loving and respecting her immensely, she has been a key intercessor for our family as we have been involved in ministry for years. I am related to Grandma Bergie through marriage to her grandson, Adam - Judy (Bakke) Charon's son. Grandma Bergie has had a huge impact on all of our family. Shortly after Adam & I were engaged, I met Grandma Bergie for the first time. She prayed a prayer of blessing over our marriage that was incredibly significant to me, and she prayed a prayer of blessing over both of our sons, Stefan and Josiah, after they were born. They both loved their Great Grandma Bergie, and we will all miss our sweet times with her reading God's Word, praying, and worshiping Jesus together. She was an example of a woman in-tune with the Holy Spirit, and even when her physical memory became feeble, her mouth spoke out God's Word with accuracy from her heart, and she could remember words to precious praise and worship songs. I feel honored to be a part of her story; our family has received an amazing spiritual inheritance from her, and her legacy will live on in our children.

Vicky Charon Aug 26 2015 12:00 AM

My Uncle Alvin Bakke was a widower during my childhood years. I was surprised and happy when he met and married Bergie! I believe God led them to each other. They enjoyed years of sharing their faith and love of God and each other. For several years my mother and Bergie were in the Park River Good Samaritan Center at the same time , I was able to visually see Bergie's faith and inspirational attitude at this Center. When she sang to various people, I liked to think that song was meant specifically for that person! She made a significant memory for many people during her 100 years on Earth. My mother referred to leaving the Nursing Home as a "Victory!" She is now free of her afflictions!

Phyllis Bakke Stanley Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM

Bergie Bakke was step-mother to my wife, Alice Bakke Gowin My remembrance of Bergie is very pleasant - she will be missed. Upon returning to the U.S.A. some years ago, we went to visit our family. By this time Alvin and Bergie were already married. That night I had a dream about Bergie and how we would meet her. I dreamed we would greet her with a hug and hear her say Hallelujah. We pulled up to the house and what happeded next was just like that dream! She was a women of faith, prayer and in love with Jesus. Today she is enjoying heaven because of her loyalty to Jesus. I am sure there are lots of hugs and Hallelujahs!

Gene Gowin Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM

I have many memories of my Grandma Bakke over the years, offering us acceptance and words of blessing and encouragement. Even the morning of my wedding as I snuck in the guest room early to get my dress, with an intense pain in my abdomen, she opened her eyes for a moment, looked at me and said "bless you" and the pain was instantly gone. Such a blessing she was to us, to grandpa Bakke and all her friends and extended family! In later years as her memory became foggy, I was always amazed at how the minute she sang a hymn or prayed a blessing over us before leaving, her mind in the spiritual was as clear and sharp as a tack! I remember being a young girl and hearing her talk about how she couldn't wait to go to heaven to be with her heavenly father...she finally has her wish and....what a day, glorious day that must be!!

Rebekah Christensen Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

What an honor to have called this wonderful lady "Grandma" for 42 years. Her legacy in my family is very significant. I learned so much from her and I'm so glad for her great love for the Lord and His Word.

Adam Charon Aug 19 2015 12:00 AM

What a blessing as a little girl to gain a grandma, and the only Grandma I really ever knew. As I grew older I realized I was so thankful that grandpa Alvin was blessed to marry again, as his first wife died when my mom Judy was only three, the same age I was when Alvin and Bergie married. Now my own kids are older than three, and I am thankful again that they have memories of their Great Grandma, Grandma Bakke, so peaceful, full of prayer and praise. What a blessing to have learned the hymn from her "Isn't Jesus my Lord Wonderful?" Surely Grandma is thrilled to sing it in person.

Naomi (Charon) Grimsley Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

Bergit Iverson Bakke was a beautiful example of one walking with the Lord. She was loving and kind and so willing to share about her Lord to others. Heaven is even more wonderful now that Bergie is there.

Ellerd & Melva Boe Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

Bergie Iverson Bakke was step Mother in Law to my wife, Judy. Our family visited her as often as we could. She would nearly always sing for us in Norse, and...yes in tune! What a grand lady! She never had a bad word to say about anyone. We all loved her so much. She will always be a bright spot in my memory.

Joseph Charon Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

I am the youngest daughter of Alvin Bakke. Bergie was my step-mother. She taught me a lot about faith and healing. I wrote the following account over 30 years ago: It was 1974 and we had been appointed as missionaries to Senegal, West Africa. We traveled to the Midwest to visit and bid farewell to family and friends. It was a joy to come to Fairdale, ND, where we met Bergie, whom my dad had recently married. We immediately felt a kinship with Bergie in Jesus. We were staying in their home the day that our 3½ year old son, Daniel, was suffering from an earache. Bergie suggested that we ask Jesus to touch him, so together we prayed for his healing. Daniel continued to cry and then he sobbed, "I want to lie on my bed." We lay on his bed and I sang the chorus, "Hallelujah" to him. He stopped tossing and his eyes were closed. As I left his room, Daniel began to cry. When I asked what the matter was, he said "Sing Hallelujah' for me again." In his innocent childlike way, he was touching the throne of God through praise and worship. I sang it again, and before I finished he was running from room to room, pretending to be an imaginary choo-choo train. It was a windy day, and Daniel spent the day outdoors with his ears uncovered, without a complaint. The healing was complete. Yes, Bergie had great faith and saw miracles happen!

Alice Bakke Gowin Aug 9 2015 12:00 AM

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