Bert Sigfred, age 90, of 8768 CR 511 W.5 Road, Ensign, passed away Monday evening, January 19, 2009 from complications of a heart attack, at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, with his wife of 53 years, Verna, at his side.
Bert was born March 18, 1918 in Gladstone the son of Martin and Mary (Berg) Sigfred. He was raised in Stonington where he attended the Bungalow School House in Stonington.
Bert joined the 503 Paratroopers where he served his country until he was injured. He later enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the 35th Infantry in the European Theater. He fought in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. Bert was wounded in action in France in 1944. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the distinguished Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. He also received 2 overseas service ribbons, defense service ribbon and the Europe-African-Middle Eastern ribbon with Bronze Battle Star. Bert returned to Stonington in 1945 to help his family on the family farm.
Bert was united in marriage to the former Verna Roberts on July 27, 1955 at the Community of Christ Church in Gladstone. They made their home in Ensign where they raised their six children. Bert was employed by Harnischfeger Corporation for over 30 years, retiring in 1980. He also had worked in the woods.
In his younger years, he played baseball in numerous area leagues, and was a well known pitcher in the area. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and he enjoyed fishing and hunting. His hobbies included gardening, farming and spending time with his animals. He was very proud of his Swedish heritage. Bert will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Bert was a member of the Rapid River American Legion Post #301, Escanaba Purple Heart, and a friend of the Community of Christ Church.
In addition to his loving wife Verna, survivors include;
Michael (Susan) Rasmusson of Mounds View, MN
Andy (Lynn Foley) Sigfred of Lexington, MN
Bill (Kathy) Sigfred of Waukesha, WI
Donna (Bill) Ritchie of Wells, MI
Cindy (Bob) Meier of Angleton, TX
Susie (John) Berg of Gladstone
15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren
3 sister-in-laws; Kerstin Sigfred, Eleanor Siitar and Harriett Sigfred
Numerous nieces and nephews
In addition to his parent, Bert was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Robin Berg, 8 sisters, Flora Holmberg, Gerda Sigfred, Linnea Roberts, Sima Nicholson, Eleanor Erickson, Nancy Kasper, Marie Sigfred and Norma Sigfred, 4 brothers, Einar, Ragnor, Conrad and Marvin Sigfred.