Winifred R. Bergeson
Wed, 12/09/2015 - 10:30am admin
Wynn Bergeson, 77, Fort Pierre, S.D., passed away December 2, 2015.
Winifred Ruth was born to Edward and Elizabeth (Puryear) Nemec of Midland.
Wynn attended Pheoba country school for grades one through eight and then graduated from Midland High School in 1956.
After high school, Wynn went to Black Hills Teacher’s College during the summers and taught school during the school year. Her first teaching job was at Willoughby School. It was while teaching at Sansarc School that she met Art Bergeson, a confirmed bachelor.
Art and Wynn were united in marriage Sept. 20, 1959. To this union four children were born. Art and Wynn farmed and ranched until 1976 when, due to Art’s health issues, they rented out the farm and moved to Ft. Pierre.
Wynn opened Wynn’s Lunch Box in Ft. Pierre and operated it for five years. She then worked at the Stanley County Courthouse as a custodian. For several years, Wynn operated a small construction/painting business. She was known for her quality work and fair prices. In 1991, Wynn and Art began doing day care. Many children were blessed to go to Grandma Wynn’s house where they were each loved as though her flesh and blood.
Wynn was an active member of St. John’s Altar Society for many years. She served six years on the Stanley County School Board. Wynn was a magnet for children and old people. They seemed to gravitate towards her and she always made each one feel as though he/she were the most important person in the world. She often had extra people for dinner and nobody was ever turned away if they needed a bed to sleep on or a meal to fill their belly. Her strong Catholic faith showed in the way she treated people with kindness and love.
Wynn is survived by her children, Michael (Jill) Bergeson of Cottage Grove, Minn., Mark (Nancy) Bergeson of Stuttgart Germany, Maria (Mike) Scott of Ft. Pierre, and Brita Bergeson (Dale Stahl) of Pierre; grandchildren, Levi (Chrystal) Neuharth, LaRae (Jeremy) Fery, Jacob (Tiffany) Bergeson, Kristen (Andrew) Randall, Kirstie Bergeson, Taylor and Hunter Mysliwiec, Olaf, Amelia, and Anders Bergeson, Matt (Dani), Monte, Mitch and Max Scott, and Danielle (Jake Etzkorn) and Douglas Griese; and six great-grandchildren with two on the way. In addition to her biological children, Wynn is survived by “adopted” children, Greg and Shirley Swanson and son, Trevor, Ft. Pierre, and Justin and Donna Schofield and son, Brandon, Hayes.
She is survived by six brothers, seven sisters and several cousins.
Wynn was preceded in death by her husband of 56 loving years, her parents, brother Edward, sisters Mary Ann Nemec, Nora Wyman and Sister Edna (Angela) Nemec.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, Dec. 7, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fort Pierre followed by Interment at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre.