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Margaret Lerbakken

October 9, 1917 — June 6, 2009

Margaret J. Lerbakken, 91, of Breckenridge , MN , died June 6, 2009 at her home in Breckenridge.

Her funeral will be Thursday, June 11, at 2:00p.m. at Breckenridge Lutheran Church , Breckenridge , MN , with Pastor Harvey Henderson officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 10, from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30p.m. at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge , MN . There will also be visitation one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Interment will be at Hamar Lutheran Cemetery , Rothsay , MN .

Margaret was born October 9, 1917 at Pelican Rapids, MN to Casper and Betsey (Moen) Berg. She grew up and attended school in Norwegian Grove Township near Pelican Rapids. After she completed her schooling she worked at a lefse factory in Moorhead , MN . Margaret was united in marriage to Elmer Lerbakken on September 25, 1938 at Hamar Lutheran Church , Rothsay. The couple lived in Rothsay until 1955, and then moved to Breckenridge. Margaret cooked for several restaurants in Breckenridge and Wahpeton, ND. They included Rex Café, Clem’s, Bud’s, The Stratford Hotel, Doran Steakhouse, Vada’s Café, and the Breckenridge Senior Citizen’s Center.

Margaret was a member of the Breckenridge Lutheran Church , Sons of Norway, Eagles, VFW, and the American Legion Auxiliaries, and the Red Hat Ladies. She was best known as the “Lefse and Donut Maker.” Friends and neighbors will miss her homemade cookies. She played in the “Kitchen Band” and loved to play Bingo and Whist, and any games her grandchildren liked to play. She also enjoyed going to the casino.

She is survived by two sons: Clifton (Sonny) Lerbakken and special friend Donna Thompson of Breckenridge, MN and Michael Lerbakken of Everett, WA; Five daughters: Ethelyn (Joe) Doze of Marble Falls, TX, Anita (Duane) Heley of Byron, MN, Darlene (Harvey) Lundstrom of Lake Park, MN, Candela Lerbakken of Marysville, WA, Tamela (Marty) Gadow of Fergus Falls, MN; Her sisters: Alice Gunderson of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Delores Gammelgaard of Phoenix, AZ; Her brother-in-law: Justin (Deloris) Lerbakken of Fargo, ND; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Casper and Betsey Berg; her husband: Elmer Lerbakken on May 19, 1987; her four daughters: Darla Jean, Cynthia, Darlene Emily, and Sandra F. Dockter; A grandson: Terry Heley; Her 4 sisters: Catherine, Christine, Lenore, and Bernice; Her 3 brothers: Julian, Odin, and Bennett

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