|Birth: ||Dec. 28, 1912|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 2011|
South Dakota, USA
Inga Birkeland, age 98 of Dupree, died Tuesday December 13, 2011, at the Belle Fourche Regional Senior Care Center. Inga Olson was born December 28, 1912, the daughter of Ole F. and Myrtle (Thomas) Olson near Lantry, SD. She was delivered by her Grandmother at home.
Inga's parents moved back to North Dakota, where Inga graduated from Portland, ND, high school. Her granddaughters remember her telling them she was a basketball player. After graduation she moved to South Dakota in the Dupree-Lantry area, where she met the love of her life, Clifton Birkeland. They were married on November 17, 1934, and to this union were born six children. Cliff and Inga ranched and farmed all their married life raising a great herd of Black Angus cattle, a tradition that was passed on to their children.
Inga was a remarkable woman and the epitome of the Proverbs 31 woman. She always raised chickens, canned meat and vegetables, and fed all who came near her house, whether it was for a cup of coffee and one of her amazing cookies, or the divine chocolate cake with hot frosting, or a full-blown meal. Mom could feed four or forty at any given notice and they all went away full. One of her grandsons said when Grandma cracked the cellar-door, she was going after canned meat to stretch the meal. She was amazing in the fact she never hollered at her children, was kind gentle and loving, yet she never raised her voice. She loved to be outside and so enjoyed going with Ken to look at the baby calves, or go for a drive to see the crops and freshly mown hay. She was called Hank the Hired hand by her Dad because she helped him with horses working in the fields.
Inga was a lady in every aspect of the word, kind and gentle, classy, sweet yet assertive. She never spoke badly of anyone, but may tell them if she thought they were getting a bit chubby. Mom made the best cookies ever. She made cookies every grandchild still slobbers for. She was just the BEST.
Inga had two open-heart surgeries, which forced her and Clifton to move from the ranch into Dupree to a new home their son, Russell and grandson, Clint built in 1992. She resided there after Clifton's death in 1996, and in 2005 moved to Spearfish to Edgewood Vista Assisted living, a place that she loved so much, and was so well cared for. Due to a decline in her health the necessity arose that she needed full-time care, thus the move to Belle Fourche Healthcare Center in May of 2011. She was loved and so graciously cared for by the wonderful staff there.
Mom went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning at around 9:00 a.m. What a glorious day for her stepping from this life to her life at her true home.
Inga is survived by her daughters Fern Meyer of Edgewater, FL, Cathy (Melvin) Eaton of Belle Fourche; and four sons, Russell (Beverly) Birkeland, Gary (Sonja) Birkeland, John (Rita)Birkeland, Ken (Karen) Birkeland all of Dupree; her sister, Vivian Thomas of Rapid City; sister-in-law, Susan Birkeland of Spearfish; and Bud Longbrake, who Cliff and Inga always called their fifth son; and grand-children, Eric (Shelly) Meyer, Patricia (Troy) Agee, David (Sherri) Meyer, Clint (Lee Anne) Birkeland, Doug (Melody) Birkeland, Jay Birkeland, Ramon (Robbie) Birkeland, Kelly (Kevin) Keegan, Monni Birkeland (John Cooper) and Clayton (Mindy) Birkeland, Kristy Jeffries Hertel, Jenny Jeffries, Cody Birkeland, Brady Birkeland, Marty (Kurt) Leibel, Jaime (Jason) Fearing, and Wayne (Tessa) Eaton; and 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Marion Rimestad, Ruby Gray, Eleanor Weaver; and brothers, Vernon Olson, Tommy Olson, and Ole F. Olson Junior.
Inga was incredibly loved by her family and touched the lives of all who knew her. She was one-of-a-kind.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the United Church of Christ in Dupree, with Rev. Pauline Webb officiating.
Visitation will be held Friday at Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche. Interment will be held in the Dupree Cemetery.
South Dakota, USA
Created by: Frankie
Record added: Dec 15, 2011
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