Alice Forsberg, age 100, of Gully, MN, passed away on Saturday, December 2nd, at Essentia First Care Living Center in Fosston. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 7th, at Lund Lutheran Church in Gully with the Dawn Hanson officiating. Interment will be in Lund Lutheran Cemetery, Gully. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Thursday morning at the church. Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinfuneral.com. Memorials preferred to Lund Lutheran Church, 120A Co. Rd. 2, Gully, MN 56646. The service will be video recorded and available on the Carlin website in the afternoon following the service.
Alice was born in Stoda, Sweden where she lived until the age of three with her parents, Elin and Henrick Bergman and siblings. Alice was baptized in Sweden and on November 23, 1926 the Bergman family left their home and set sail for America. Their destination was Clearbrook, Minnesota where the family started a farm. Alice had a twin sister, Amanda, who passed away at the age of nine. Alice attended country school was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1941. She did well in school because of her industrious nature and “never give up” spirit. She took Latin as her foreign language. She enjoyed school and excelled at math.
Alice was united in marriage to Kenneth Forsberg on July 17, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia. Kenneth served in the United States Navy and Alice had wonderful stories to share about her time in New York while Ken served his country. When WWII ended, Alice and Ken lived in Gully, Minnesota where Ken farmed and did carpentry work. Their family grew to include, Gerald, Franklin, Bradley and Donna. Alice was involved in Lund Lutheran Church, the Legion Auxiliary, and many other interests in Gully and surrounding area. She was an excellent seamstress and became known for her many talents and creativity. In 1960, the family moved to Minneapolis and eventually to St Louis Park, Minnesota. Alice did various jobs to supplement their income, and her favorite position was at Dura Process, a silk screen printing company. Eventually she became in charge of mixing the inks to create the perfect colors. Once again her sense of style and creativity served her well. In 1974 Ken and Alice decided to relocate back “Up-north”. Ken built their home south of Gully and they engaged with the community, becoming involved in church, auxiliary and social events once again.
Alice was devoted to her family. Every grandchild received a homemade quilt at graduation. The weaving loom from her mother, Elin, was in the basement of the Gully farmhouse and Alice was the only sibling that could operate it. The threading of the loom itself was an overwhelming feat, but Alice conquered it and wove many rugs and pieces of art. Of all of her many gifts, Alice treasured the art of being a weaver and contacted the Bemidji State College Art Department inquiring about an opportunity to learn more to enhance her skills.
After Ken passed away in 2008, Alice moved into Fosston where she lived independently, then with assistance and the final move to the nursing home in 2021. She became well known for her independent spirit, kindness towards others and sense of humor in each of her environments. Everybody loved to share their unique “Alice” story and honor her with how she touched their lives.
Alice Erika (Bergman) Forsberg of Fosston, Minnesota passed away on Saturday, December 2 at Essentia Nursing Home in Fosston at the age of 100.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her sons, Gerald and Bradley, her parents Elin and Henrick Bergman; her sisters, Marie, Elsie, Evelyn, Amanda, Kathryn, Doris and Barbara; her brothers, Carl, George, Erick and Alvin; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law.