GALESBURG - Joyce M. Bergstrom, 87, Galesburg, formerly of Woodhull, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in her home at Hawthorne Inn in Galesburg. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church in Woodhull. Burial will be in Woodhull Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Woodhull, where memorials may be left to Bethany Lutheran Church or the Woodhull Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com. She was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Davenport, Iowa, to Orville and Linda Letsch Hicks. She grew up in East Moline and graduated from United Township High School in 1941. She worked as a receptionist for Dr. L.D. Barding in Moline and later worked at American Machine and Metals in East Moline. On Sept. 21, 1946, she was united in marriage to Reginald J. Bergstrom at Peace Lutheran Church near Barstow. He died Nov. 17, 2009. They farmed near Andover for 14 years until founding Bergstrom Seed and Grain Company in Woodhull, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the Kings Daughters in East Moline and the Woman's Club in Woodhull. She also belonged to the Woodhull Red Hat Society and Bethany Lutheran Church in Woodhull, where she served on the Altar Guild and Hope Circle. Joyce enjoyed nature, flower gardening, baking and being a homemaker. Joyce and Reg enjoyed golfing and he witnessed her hole-in-one in 1989. They especially enjoyed their retirement, spending 24 years wintering in Mesa. Ariz. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Verna) Bergstrom of Alpha and Richard (Setsuko) Bergstrom of Fremont, Calif.; five grandchildren, Inger (Bruce) Krieg of House Springs, Mo., Andrea Bergstrom of Champaign, Erik (Lisa) Bergstrom of Elm Grove, Wis., and Reggie and Kristina Bergstrom, both of Fremont; and three great-grandchildren, Marissa Krieg and Mia and Tessa Bergstrom. Her parents; husband; one son, Mark; and two sisters preceded her in death.
Published in The Register-Mail on February 26, 2011