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Myrtle Bertilrud, 84

Myrtle Bertilrud, 84, of Greenbush, MN, died on Thursday, January 13, 2011 in LifeCare Greenbush Manor at Greenbush.
      Myrtle Bertilrud was born Myrtle Ricca Olson, the daughter of Albert & Lizzie (Bentow) Olson, on February 22, 1926 in Huss Township, Roseau Co., Minnesota.  She was baptized and raised in the Lutheran Faith.  She grew up on the family farm and attended country school.  She married Arnold Gilmer Bertilrud on June 22, 1946 in Middle River, MN. They made their home in Deer Township, south of Greenbush, MN where they raised two sons.  She loved the farm and for many years raised a large vegetable and flower garden including her favorite flower, mums.  She took great pride in a beautiful yard and a clean home where many hours were spent with family.  She always welcomed family and friends into her home and was a wonderful cook and baker.  Prior to her admission into LifeCare Greenbush Manor, she was active on the farm helping her son and grandsons with the cattle.  Throughout her life she was always available to her family, friends, neighbors, and church whenever she was needed.  She had a special place in her life for music and her love of dancing.  She held various jobs: childcare provider, Tony’s Café, Arctic Cat and helped at various turkey farms.
      Myrtle is survived by 2 sons—Allen (Sandra) Bertilrud of Red Lake Falls, MN & Alvin (Joan) Bertilrud of Greenbush.
      6 grandchildren—Jason (Kjerstie) Bertilrud of Greenbush, Brian (Desiree) Bertilrud of Thief River Falls, MN, Darin (Anne) Bertilrud of Greenbush, Daniel Bertilrud of Ely, MN, Allison (Jason) Olinger of Prior Lake, MN & Andrew Bertilrud of Richfield, MN.
      7 great-grandchildren—Breydon & Tessany Bertilrud, Syver & Mikkel Bertilrud, Bennett & Briggs Bertilrud & Gavin Olinger.
      Several Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law—Maxine Olson of Thief River Falls, MN, Verna Bertilrud of Auburn, WA, Maurice & Arlene Bertilrud, Joan (Novacek) Bertilrud & Helen Kilen, all of Greenbush & several nieces, nephews and extended family.
      She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold in 1983, and her brothers Clifford and Sanford Olson.
      Myrtle Bertilrud passed away on Thursday, January 13, 2011 at LifeCare Greenbush Manor at the age of 84 years, 10 months and 22 days.
      Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 2011 in Bethel Lutheran Church of Greenbush with Pastor Mark Mathews, officiating.  Vocal music was provided by Arlene Bertilrud and Linda Sovde was at the organ.  Pallbearers were Jason, Brian, Darin, Daniel, Andrew & Breydon Bertilrud, Allison Olinger and Jeff Olson.  Honorary Pallbearers were the Staff of LifeCare Greenbush Manor and Myrtle’s Golden Girlfriends.  Interment will be in Moe-Rose Cemetery at Roseau.  Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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