Carl Anders Nyberg, 88, of 816 Montana Avenue, Gladstone, died peacefully at home on Ash Wednesday morning, March 9, 2011.
Born at home on September 19, 1922, he grew up in Gladstone, Michigan, with a family of seven brothers and sisters. He was the son of Swedish immigrant blacksmith Carl Alfred and Hannah Mathilda Nyberg, who came to the United States from Smaland and Varmland in the early 1900s. Carl graduated from Gladstone High School in 1940, and attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.
On April 2, 1949, he married Florence Edith Johnson in Newberry, Michigan. Together they reared five children. An employee of Marble Card during World War II, Carl later worked for 32 years as a boring bar operator at Harnischfeger Corporation in Escanaba on the P&H crane production line.
In 1955, he became a founding partner of the Bay de Noc Lure Company in Gladstone, and continued to work at the Swedish Pimple Shop until the day before his death. In 2005, Carl and brother Lloyd were honored as Grand Marshalls in the “Hooked on Gladstone” Independence Day Parade to mark the 50^th anniversary of the Lure Company.
Widely known and loved for his wit, charm, and hospitality, Carl frequently invited relatives and church friends to join in his delicious home-cooked Sunday dinners. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, splitting and hauling firewood, and spending time with friends and family in his rustic lodge in Stonington. He and Florence traveled widely, visiting family in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Senegal. He was a faithful member and former financial secretary and trustee of the United Evangelical Covenant Church in Gladstone.
He is survived by five children: 1) Dale (Mary) of Ford River, Michigan, and their children Hans (Lindsay), Catrina, and Brita; 2) Gerald (Betty) of Gladstone and their children Linnea (Kevin) Johnson and daughter Laurel; Anna (Jeff) Johnson and their sons, Grant and Henrik; Paul, Carl; 3) Carol (Dan) Quackenbush of Creswell, Oregon, and their children, Sara, Heather (Logan) Patterson, and Lance; 4) Anders of Gladstone; and 5) Richard (Petra) of Hanoi, Vietnam, and their children Lena, Yanik, Svea.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Florence, in 2002; his parents; three adult brothers (Stanley, Paul, and Lloyd); and two adult sisters (Esther Larson and Inez Nyberg). One brother, Loyd, died in infancy, and one sister, Ellen, died at age three.
Friends and relatives may visit the United Evangelical Covenant Church, 305 S. Ninth St., Gladstone, on Monday, March 14, 2011, from 2-5 p.m. Carl’s funeral celebration into new life will be held at the church following visitation, with Pastor Nathan Langager officiating. Burial will be at Fernwood Cemetery, Gladstone. Gifts may be directed to the United Evangelical Covenant Church in memory of Carl A. Nyberg. Skradski Funeral Home, Gladstone, is assisting the family with arrangements.