Connie Marie (Garner) Bergland was born on April 4, 1951 in Huron, SD to Walter and Ardith (McLagan) Garner. Her family would move frequently throughout her childhood. She graduated from Lindberg High School in St. Louis, MO in 1969, and attended a few years of college following. While in St. Louis, she had several jobs, but a favorite of hers was being a Relocator for one of the oldest agencies in St. Louis. After she moved to Owatonna, MN she worked at Viracon for 10 years before retirement.
On December 27, 1999, she was united in marriage to Gary Bergland in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple would make their home in Clarks Grove.
Connie was a member at United Methodist Church in Glenville. She loved her church and her church family. Connie served as the UMW President for years. Antiques, fishing, refurbishing, and gardening were some of Connie’s favorite activities, and she was known for having very rare Yellow Peonies. Connie was also a great cook. Above all, time spent with her family was what made Connie happy. Attending as many grandchildren’s activities as she could was something she always looked forward to. She was intelligent, loving, caring and a great hugger!
Connie died suddenly on Monday, May 13, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN at the age of 68.
She is preceded in death by both parents, Walter and Ardith; father in-law, Truman; sister, Sandra; brother in-law, Brian Lien; a nephew, David; and great nephew, Kyle.
Connie is survived by her husband of 19 years, Gary Bergland; children, Tiffany Bergland, Thor (Shelly) Bergland, and Jed (Ayako) Bergland; grandchildren, Kemma, Eric, Nickolas, Breeze, Grace, Odin, London, and Ryu; siblings, Kathryn (Dennis) Huffman and Nathan (Tammy) Garner; mother in-law, Gladys Bergland; brothers and sisters in-law, Gloria (Bob) Sharp, Joann Lien, Sheryl (Richard) Sydnes, Debbie (Brian) Blowers, Todd (Cynthia) Bergland, and
Tammy (Jerry) Brua; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
Blessed be her memory!
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