Phyllis Lindberg

Phyllis Lindberg

Phyllis Ardell Hammerstrom Lindberg, of North Branch, went to join her Lord Feb. 26, 2014, at the age of 93. She was born in North Branch, Minn. May 28, 1920, to Leonard Matthias and Johanna Hammerstrom. Phyllis lived in North Branch nearly her entire life. She graduated from North Branch High School in the class of 1938, attended St. Cloud State Teachers College 1938 to 1940, graduating in the spring of 1940 with a two-year degree in education. Her first teaching assignment was the Stark School during the 1940-41 school year. She then took a teaching assignment at the public school in Victoria, Minn., west of Minneapolis, which lasted through the war years until the spring of 1946. She married Carl Raynold Lindberg Oct. 13, 1945, one week after Carl returned home from WWII in Europe. In May 1946, Carl and Phyllis took ownership of the Standard Oil service station in North Branch, which they ran as Lindys Standard Service until May of 1960. They then moved to a farm west of Almelund and ran a dairy farm for the next 27 years.
During these years, Carl and Phyllis raised five children, sons Peter, Paul, Perry and Clark and daughter Carla Lindberg Norelius. In the early 60s, Phyllis returned to college at St. Cloud and earned both a bachelors degree in education and a masters degree in special education. She then taught school in the North Branch school system until retiring in 1985. Carl and Phyllis then enjoyed travel around the United States and Europe.
Phyllis was a charter member of the North Branch VFW Auxiliary and the Legion Auxiliary after WWII. She led the efforts of the North Branch High School Alumni Association until 2013 and was instrumental in organizing the Midsummer kiddy parade for over 60 years. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch and supporter of many church volunteer functions. She had an uncanny memory of virtually all people who were born and raised in the community of North Branch during her entire life.
Phyllis is survived by her sister, Arline Broten; sons Peter Lindberg, of Scotts Valley, Calif.; Paul (Wendy) Lindberg, of North Branch, Perry (Barbara) Lindberg, of North Branch, Clark (Wendy) Lindberg, of Fort Mill, S.C., and daughter Carla (Neil) Norelius, of Lindstrom; plus 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Grandchildren are Scott Peterson, of Portland, Ore., Chad (Jenny) Lindberg, of North Branch, Alison (Joshua) Haupt, of Tampa, Fla., Nick (Sarah) Lindberg, of Minneapolis, Hanna (John) Sandstrom, of St. Paul, Carina Lindberg, of St. Paul, Andrea (Dan) Boyer, of Taylors Falls, Greta Lindberg, of Minneapolis, Jayme (Peter) Fanucci, of Ramsey, Heather (Preston) Wells, of Fort Mill, S.C., Casey (Chris) Coghill, of Fort Mill, S.C.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Matthias and Johanna Hammerstrom; step-mother Miriam Hammerstrom; three brothers: Clifford, Clayton and John Leonard; step-brother, Donald Senn; and four sisters: Lydia Franklin, Adelaide Goldstrand, Dorothy Maack, Deloris Wilcox; her husband Carl R. Lindberg; an infant son, David Mark, born in 1947, and grandson, Christopher Peter Lindberg.
Phyllis very full life in her beloved community of North Branch and her unending devotion to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her entire family will be remembered in a funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, with the Rev. Gary Guptill officiating. Music was provided by Deb Aulich, Jon Ekstrom, Sarah Lindberg and Carina Lindberg. Visitation was held 4-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch and also one hour prior to the service at church Monday. Burial took place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch following the funeral service. Serving as casket bearers were Peter Lindberg, Paul Lindberg, Perry Lindberg, Clark Lindberg, Carla Norelius and Bradley Wilcox. Memorial contributions can be made to Fairview Lakes Hospice in Wyoming or Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch.
Arrangements were under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch. Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com

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