Gertrude HegstadGertrude Hegstad, 97, former Climax and Crookston resident, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at the Fair Meadow Nursing Home in Fertile, MN, where she had lived since 2009. Gertie was born to Martin and Thea (Olson) Nygaard on February 27, 1916 at Holt, MN. She married Leonard Johnson on November 1, 1937 in Fargo, and moved to rural Climax, working on the Ingeman Thoreson farm. In 1941 the couple purchased a nearby farm where they raised their four children. Leonard passed away in November, 1971. On September 26, 1976 she married Bjarne Hegstad at Fertile. Bjarne passed away in November of 2000.
She is survived by 4 children: Faith (Joe) Berg of Fertile, MN, Truman (Catharine) Johnson of Cedar Rapids, IA, Patricia (Russell) Hannu of Springfield, MO, and Lonnie (Cheryl) Johnson of Litchfield, MN; 10 grandchildren;18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also 3 step-children: Joe (Jackie) Hegstad of Scottsdale, AZ, Carol Domier of Portland, ND, and Ardis (Don) Zimney of West Fargo, ND; a step-son-in-law, Dale Enger of Portland, ND; and many step-grandchildren and other relatives. In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Daryl Berg; step-daughter, Brenda Enger; step-son-in-law, Wayne Domier; and 8 siblings.