Virgil Elmo “Uff-da” Bergene

Virgil Elmo “Uff-da” Bergene

Birth
Austin, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Death 5 Feb 2019 (aged 95)
Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 196645233 · View Source
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Virgil E. “Uff-da” Bergene, age 95 of Adams, Minnesota passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at his home.

Virgil was born on October 10, 1923 in Austin, Minnesota to Oscar and Adella (Sampson) Bergene. He graduated from Adams High School in 1941. On June 30, 1946, he married Mavis Mathiason at the Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in Westbrook, Minnesota. Virgil farmed in the Adams area his entire life.

He was a member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church, the Forte Milers Barbershop group, Farm Bureau, and the Mower County Cattleman’s Association. He also served on the Adams District #491 School Board, and the Adams and LeRoy Creamery Boards.

In his spare time, Virgil enjoyed reading, golf, watching sports on TV and visiting with friends at Bubbles. He had a lifelong interest in agriculture.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Adella; wife, Mavis; son-in-law, John Hegge; brother and sister-in-law, Ward and Lois Bergene; sister, Janet Bergene; brothers-in-law, Con Sletta, James Mathiason, and Don Soderling.

He is survived by his children: Sandra (Daniel) Berndt, Rochester, MN; Kent (Stephanie) Bergene, Downers Grove, IL; Julie (David) Schmitz, Adams, MN; Amy (Dennis) Underdahl, Adams, MN; Kerry (Richard) Stroup, Rose Creek, MN; Kristin (Michael) Ness, Kasson, MN; 18 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren; sister: Jane Sletta, Mankato, MN; cousin-in-law: Dorothy Bergene, Adams, MN; sisters-in-law: Audrey Soderling, Star, ID; Gladys Warner, Walnut Grove, MN; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Little Cedar Lutheran Church with the Reverend Jeremy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Little Cedar Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, and will continue on Monday morning for one hour prior to services at the church.

Information from Little Cedar Lutheran Church, written in 2003:
Virgil was born October 10, 1923, to Oscar and Adella Bergene. He has lived, except for his first 5 years, on the farm where he still lives. He attended school at the Adams Public School. He graduated in 1941. While there he played tuba in the State FFA Band.

In 1946, he married Mavis Mathiason. They have 6 children: Sandra Berndt, Kent Bergene, Julie Schmitz, Amy Underdahl Kerry Stroup, and Kristin Bergene. They have 16 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Except Kent, all live close enough so they can have Sunday dinner together. Kent lives in the Chicago area.

Virgil enjoys what he's doing - farming, raising cattle, golfing, and reading.


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  • Created by: Janet Stephenson
  • Added: 5 Feb 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 196645233
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Virgil Elmo “Uff-da” Bergene (10 Oct 1923–5 Feb 2019), Find a Grave Memorial no. 196645233, citing Little Cedar Cemetery, Adams, Mower County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Janet Stephenson (contributor 46853083) .