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Mildred DeFries

September 30, 1912 — December 26, 2008

Mildred DeFries, 96, B reckenridge, MN, formerly of Doran, MN passed away on Friday, December 26, 2008 at St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge, MN. Funeral services will be on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, Breckenridge , MN with Pastor Wendell Kelm officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, December 29, 2008 from 12:00 PM to 2 PM at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge , MN . Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery , Breckenridge , MN .

Mildred Sara Bertram was born September 30, 1912 at Fall City , Nebraska , the daughter of William and Ida (Miller) Bertram. She moved with her family to a farm near Doran, MN and was educated through the eighth grade at a country school near Doran. Mildred was united in marriage to Lubka DeFries on January 18, 1933 in Breckenridge , MN . The couple lived and farmed near Doran until 1968, when they retired and moved to a farm near Breckenridge. Lubka preceded her in death on January 14, 1980.

Mildred worked at the Sagness Variety Store in Breckenridge and later at Pamida. She was a member of the Doran Presbyterian Church and Ladies Aid and the Doran Homemakers Club. She enjoyed reading, knitting and playing Rhummikub and Bingo with her friends when she lived at the York Manor in Breckenridge. She entered St. Francis Healthcare Campus on May 4, 2006. She always enjoyed visits from her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Mildred is survived by her three granddaughters, Kathy (Duane) Litton, Fargo, ND, DeAnn (Greg) Melkert, Erhard, MN, Lisa (Myron) Braun, Wahpeton, ND; her two grandsons, Rick (Carolyn) DeFries, Breckenridge, MN, Mick DeFries, Battle Lake, MN; Her great-grandchildren, Christopher (Britney) Litton, Corey (Laura) Litton, Drew Sondeland, Jenna (Charlie Braman, fiancée) Sondeland, Karlie Jo Braun, Jordyn Braun, Nicole (Skip) Evans, Joshua DeFries, Ashley DeFries, Jake DeFries; Her great-great grandchildren, Gage, Preston, Casey, and Cole Litton, Bailey Evans; her step great great grandchildren, Courtland, Beth, and Dillon; her son-in-law, Phil Bjerkager and his special friend Pat Heibel, Wahpeton, ND; and her brother, Fred Bertram, Beauford, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ida Bertram; her husband, Lubka DeFries; her daughter, Myrtle Bjerkager; her son, Richard DeFries, her sisters, Hazel Lovelace, Fergus Falls, MN; Clara Fisher, Elsie Williams, Gertrude Ellingson; her brothers, Walter and William Bertram.

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