Aileen W Bergquist (1924 - 2008)



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Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States


Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota United States


at Golden Oaks,
4067 Reinke Rd, Duluth, St. Louis County, MN United States
Cause of death: Complications of Alzheimer's Disease

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at Oneota Cemetery,
Highland St, Duluth, St Louis County, MN United States


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Duluth, Saint Louis County, Minnesota

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Parent: Arnold Warren Johnson, Sr.
Parent: Ethel Sophie Wallen
Siblings: Arnold W Johnson, Alice Charlene Johnson, and Aileen (W) Johnson

Husband: Kenneth D Bergquist
Children with Kenneth: Paul, Laurel, Thomas, and Wendy


Denfeld High School


Worked for Duluth Telephone Company, housewife, Demo Lady at Sams Club


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1924 - In the year that Aileen W Bergquist was born, in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

1938 - Aileen was just 14 years old when on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

1958 - By the time she was 34 years old, on March 24th, Elvis Presley was inducted into the United States Army. Although he could have served in Special Services as an entertainer, he chose to become a regular soldier. Almost everyone thought it would be the end of his career - it wasn't.

1969 - When she was 45 years old, on July 20th, the first men walked on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. both walked on the moon but it was Armstrong who first stepped on the moon. They fulfilled the promise of President Kennedy's commitment in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

1991 - Aileen was 67 years old when on December 25th, the Soviet Union flag was lowered and replaced by the Russian tricolor flag. It was the end of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin became President of the Russian Republic.

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Aileen W. Bergquist, 83, formerly of Chambersburg Ave., died peacefully Monday, June 9, 2008 in Golden Oaks Advanced Living. She was born on Aug. 2, 1924 in Duluth to Arnold Warren and Ethel Sophie (Wallen) Johnson. Aileen was a lifelong Duluth resident and a 1942 graduate of Denfeld High School. She was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone Company when first married and was a wonderful homemaker. In later years, she enjoyed working as a demonstrator with the Food Demo Team at Sam's Club. Aileen married Kenneth D. Bergquist on Nov. 16, 1943 in First Covenant Church, Duluth. She was a lifelong member of First Covenant Church and the women's auxiliary of the Duluth Firefighters Retirees Association. She enjoyed times with family, cooking dinners, making Christmas cookies and Swedish meatballs and in earlier years, the cabin at Maple Lake, near Alborn and vacations at a cabin on East Bass Lake near Cotton. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth on June 3, 2003; brother, Dr. Arnold Warren Johnson Jr.; and in-laws, Ruth and Robert Nolte. Aileen is survived by her children, Paul K. (Jane) Bergquist of Saginaw, Minn., Laurel A. (Bill) Reese of Crosby, Minn., Thomas D. (Barbara) Bergquist of Cumming, Ga., and Wendy M. (Gary) Johnson of Hermantown; grandchildren, Patrick (Jennifer) Bergquist and their children, Brooklyn and Blake, Jason (Rachel) Bergquist and their son, Joseph ""Joey'', Jodi (Bradley) VanValkenburg and their children, Jared, Brenan and Ramsey, Heidi (Scott) McLeod and their children, Nolan and Neelah, Heather (Frank) Solorzano and their children, Sofia and Chloe, Mark (Robin) Bergquist and their children, Jordan, Haley and Aaron, Nicholas Reese, and daughter, Kaira, Danielle Reese, Philip (Maki) Bergquist and Michael (Kimberly) Bergquist; sister, Alice (Stuart) Kortebein of Lindenhurst, Ill.; in-laws, Kathryn and Chester Wedin and Margaret Johnson; and nieces and nephews. VISITATION:5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Bell Brothers Funeral Home and continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. service Friday in First Covenant Church, Rev. Mark Kelly officiating. Burial will be at Oneota Cemetery. If so desired, memorial contributions may be directed to First Covenant Church or the donor's choice.


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