|Birth: ||May 19, 1923|
|Death: ||Mar. 29, 2011|
North Dakota, USA
Gertie Mae Asplund was called home to heaven on March 29, 2011. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Sunne Lutheran Church, Wilton, with the Rev. Paul Schauer officiating. Spring burial will be held at Sunne Lutheran Church Cemetery, Wilton.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a prayer service will begin at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Gertie was born May 19, 1923, in Monroe, Wash., to Eva and Victor Mattson. Gertie was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend to many. She loved the Lord and her faith was of utmost importance in her life. Gertie was a lifelong member of Sunne Lutheran Church.
Gertie was born and raised in Monroe, Wash. After graduating from high school, she held a civilian position assembling torpedoes. In 1942, she joined the Women's Army Corps.
She met the love of her life and best friend, LW Asplund "Bill," in 1950 and shortly thereafter married. They moved to the family farm near Wilton in 1951, were they farmed and raised seven children. In 1961, they moved to Wilton, where they owned and administrated the Asplund Pioneer Home for 16 years. They returned to farming briefly, before retiring to Colorado and South Dakota. In 2009, Gertie returned to North Dakota and resided at the Medcenter One Living Center.
Gertie had a lifelong passion for art. She was a creative artist in many media — oil, watercolor, pen and ink, stained glass, mosaic and silk painting. Gertie and her husband were honored as nominees for the S.D. Governor's Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award. They were also bestowed the honor of "Treasures of Hot Springs" for their contributions to the community of Hot Springs, S.D.
She is survived by one sister, Rosie Hayes (John), Mount Vernon, Wash.; brother, Kenneth Mattson, Yuma, Ariz.; two sons, Brian Asplund (Bev), Rapid City, S.D., and Joel Asplund (Adilia), Newcastle, Colo.; and three daughters, Linda Bernklau (Ted), Tulsa, Okla., Twila Gieser (Ken), Mandan, and Wendla Asplund, Craig, Colo. Gertie treasured her children, 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Gertie was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; two sons, Gerald and Thomas Asplund; and her husband, Bill Asplund.
Gertie was a wonderful friend to many, making many new friends wherever she lived. She will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved her. She will be remembered for her joy and enthusiasm for life!
Luverne William Asplund (1919 - 2006)*
Thomas Lee Asplund (1945 - 1996)*
Sunne Lutheran Cemetery
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
Record added: Mar 31, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67715553