Ann Merdink, 94

Ann Merdink, 94, of Stephen, Minnesota passed away at the Good
Samaritan Center in Warren, Minnesota on Saturday evening, May 22nd,
2010.  Anna Eleanora Hamberg was born July 2, 1915 in Nelson Park
Township of Marshall County, Minnesota.  Ann was the daughter of Jons
Emanuel and Gunda (Nelson) Hamberg and was the second of nine
children.  She was baptized in Salem Lutheran Church on November 25,
1915.  Ann attended country school and was confirmed at Hegland
Lutheran Church.   At 16 Ann was working at Nellie’s Cafe in Warren.
She later worked at the Greystone Hotel’s cafe in Stephen where she
met her husband Donald “Dutch” Merdink.  They were married on August
10, 1941 at Stephen.  In 1960 Ann began working as an assistant cook
in the Stephen School.  She retired as head cook in 1982.     Ann was
a member of the Stephen Presbyterian Church and served as a Deacon
and Elder and helped with the youth programs.  She was very active in
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, serving as troop leader and den mother.
Ann served on the first committee formed to get Old Home Town Museum
started and worked several years at the museum.  Ann entered the Good
Samaritan Center in February of 2005.   Dutch passed away on February
24, 2008.
    Family members include daughters, Hazel Merdink, East Grand Forks,
MN and Roberta (Keith) Bergeron, Lincoln, NE; a son, Donald (Peggy)
Merdink, Woodbury, MN; 11 grandchildren, Paula, Stacey, Tina, Brent,
Deanna, Max, Amanda, Marty, Molly, Angela and John; 12 great
grandchildren; a sister, Verna Hvidsten, Thief River Falls, MN; a
sister-in-law, Lorraine Hamberg, Staples, MN; and many nieces and
nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Nels
E., Roy and Harry; and sisters, Blenda, Nan, Ruby and Grace.  
    Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 10:30
a.m. in Salem Lutheran Church, rural Stephen.  Interment will be in
the Stephen City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the church for
one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Dr. Gretchen Graf, presiding;
Renee Jensen, organist and Eunice Waterworth, soloist. Casket bearers
will be Ann’s nephews, Jon Hamberg, James Hvidsten, Scott Hvidsten,
Bruce Jensen, Allan Jensen and Dave Brustad.  The Austin Funeral Home
of Stephen is in charge of arrangements.

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