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Ruth Margaret Bergerud Bryant

1925 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Ruth Margaret Bergerud Bryant Obituary
12/12/1925 - 11/30/2010
Ruth Margaret Bryant (Age 84) longtime resident of Hawthorne, mCalifornia passed away on November 30, 2010 at her home in Gardnerville, Nevada. She was born on December 12, 1925, at St. Lukes Hospital, Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, to Hans C. and Hilda (Ongstad) Bergerud. Ruth was confirmed at age 13 at the Aastad Luthern Church, and took over as church organist while in high school. Ruth graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1944. Prior to her marriage she worked in a hospital and also a bank. She married Grover Thomas (Tom) Bryant on November 2, 1946. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Tom in 1979. She is survived by her children, Patty Bruder and David, Mead, WA; Peggy Swallow, Dayton, Nevada; Mike Bryant and Eva, Ontario, CA.; Tim Bryant, Hawthorne, CA; Kathy Bowerman, Tustin, CA; Susan Bryant-Birresborn and John, Hawthorne, CA; and Laurie Decicco, Redondo Beach, CA; 15 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; her older sister, Esther Ugstad (90), Fergus Falls, MN and many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends. After her husband Tom succumbed to a fatal heart attack, Ruth re-entered the business world, working at Northrop Aircraft Co., quite a change after caring for her seven children. After retiring from Northrop, she sold her home in Hawthorne and became a resident of Nevada. She enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. She spent six months on the East Coast visiting many light houses and seeing the historical sites of our country. In 1990, while in France, she was able to place flowers on her cousin Henry's grave, at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne (Meuse) France. Her cousin died on November 1, 1918 during WWI. Years later she was able to trace her family history to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. She was able to see the entries of births and deaths for family members she had only heard of in the church records. She enjoyed all of her time in Europe, and was especially interested in the architecture of old churches and castles. Visiting the many vineyards and wine sampling was highly encouraged. She spent many years as a "snowbird" traveling to San Felipe, Mexico in the winter months.At her request, her ashes will be spread so that she may "Travel the World". Her loving presence in our lives has meant more to us than anyone could ever know. We are so proud and lucky to have you as our Mother, Mom and Ma. We will love you and miss you always. She will never be forgotten.A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Wayfarers Chapel, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Immediately after the service, the family would like all who can to attend her Celebration of Life reception at Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA until 7 pm. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Veterans. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Feb. 18, 2011
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