Eric J. Bergstralh -- Mazeppa

October 2, 2018

Eric J. Bergstralh, age 65, of Mazeppa, died on Friday evening, Sept. 28, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at United Redeemer Lutheran Church, 560 West Third St., Zumbrota, with the Rev. Dr. Marggi Pleiss-Sippola officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

Eric John Bergstralh was born on June 22, 1953, in Zumbrota, to John E. and Mary M. (Siems) Bergstralh. Eric grew up on the farm in rural Mazeppa, attended Mazeppa Public Schools and graduated from Mazeppa High School in 1971. Eric earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Geography from Mankato State College in 1975 and his master’s degree in Statistics from Iowa State University in 1980. That same year, Eric started working for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

In May 1980, he married Debra A. Sharp in Amboy, Minn. They made their home in rural Mazeppa. At the time of his retirement in 2014, he was an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Mayo Clinic. Eric enjoyed hiking and making new trails in the woods, reading, traveling, time at the cabin and, most importantly, spending time with family and friends.

Eric is survived by his wife, Debra; children, Aaron Bergstralh of Pine Island, Adam Bergstralh of Madison, Wis., and Carrie (Matthew) Wojick of St. Paul; brother, Jim (Ruth) Siems of Mazeppa; and nieces and nephews.

Eric was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary; and sister, Diane Siems.

Eric’s family wants to give special thanks to the transplant staff on Mary Brigh 6D, friends and family, and Pastor Marggi. They were all such an important part of Eric’s life over the last few months.

Arrangements are with the Mahn Family Funeral Home — Larson Chapel in Zumbrota.

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