GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                              Wednesday, August 16, 2006

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Ingeborg (Kvarnstrom) Ward                             

    WESTBY - Ingeborg (Kvarnstrom) Ward, 94, a farm homemaker in the Westby community who was active in Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, serving as organist, Sunday school teacher, Ladies' Aid and on the church council, died of natural causes Monday at a Chinook nursing home, where she had been a resident the past four years.

    Her funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westby, with burial in Our Savior's Cemetery north of Westby. Fulkerson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

    Survivors include children Bernt Ward of Plentywood, Ann Marie Gregoire and Marjorie Sapp of Havre, James N. Ward of Columbia Falls and Linda F. Ward of Helena; 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Nels Ward, on April 8, 1984; and children Vernice F. Mueller, John E. Ward and Darlene K. Ward. 

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                               Thursday, August 17, 2006

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INGEBORG WARD HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                               Thursday, August 17, 2006

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INGEBORG WARD


(Created: Thursday, August 17, 2006 12:35 PM MDT)

    WESTBY - Ingeborg Ward, 99, of Westby died early Monday morning, Aug. 14, 2006, at Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook, where she had been resident for about four years.

    A funeral service for Ingeborg will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Barbara Westhoff officiating at the service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Westby. Interment will be in Our Savior’s Cemetery northwest of Westby. Ingeborg was born in Hallen, Jamtland, Sweden, on Oct. 1, 1906, to Janne and Anna Marta (Erikson) Kvarnstrom. She grew up and was educated there. Ingeborg married Nels Ward in January 1926. Two years later, they emigrated to the United States with their son, Bernt. They settled on a farm northwest of Westby, where Ingeborg was an active participant in the farming operations, especially milking and working with their cattle as well as raising their family of eight children. Her life revolved around the activities of the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church a mile from their home. Ingeborg walked to the church on Sunday mornings to start the fire. She served as organist and a Sunday school teacher for many years, served on the council, and was one of the keys in the active ladies’ aid. A wonderful cook, she always invited visitors to “stay for lunch” and the coffee pot was always on. A naturalized American citizen, Ingeborg stayed in touch with her family in the old country. When she was 80 years old, she took her daughters with her on her fourth visit back to Sweden. Nels died April 8, 1984. As her health declined, she moved from the farm into Westby, and enjoyed community activities. She participated in the Immanuel Lutheran Congregation there and traveled with her family and friends. Four years ago, she moved to the Sweet Memorial Nursing Home in Chinook to be nearer her daughters. In her late 90s, she often lapsed back into her native language. The last couple of years, she enjoyed savoring the language with family visitors from Sweden.

    Ingeborg was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and children, Vernice F. Mueller, John E. Ward and Darlene K. Ward. Survivors include her children, Bernt (Arline) Ward of Plentywood, Ann Marie (Giles) Gregoire and Marjorie (Larry) Sapp, both of Havre, James N. (Sharon) Ward of Columbia Falls and Linda F. Ward (Rick Neiss) of Helena; 17 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; nephews, Per Frederick Kvarnstrom and Carl Gustav Kvarnstrom of Sweden; nieces, Ann Marie Hemming and Britt Olson, of Sweden; and cousins, Art Hjelm, of Mesa, Ariz., Vernon Hjelm of Casper, Wyo., and Eunice Hjelm of Plentywood; and Eunice’s sons, Brock and Brad. Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements.

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