Virgil Bergene -- Adams

February 10, 2019

Virgil E. “Uff-da” Bergene, age 95, of Adams, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at his home.

Virgil was born on Oct. 10, 1923, in Austin, to Oscar and Adella (Sampson) Bergene. He graduated from Adams High School in 1941. On June 30, 1946, he married Mavis Mathiason at the Old Westbrook Lutheran Church in Westbrook, Minn. Virgil farmed in the Adams area his entire life.

He was a member of Little Cedar Lutheran Church, the Forte Milers Barbershop group, Farm Bureau, and the Mower County Cattleman’s Association. He also served on the Adams District #491 School Board, and the Adams and LeRoy Creamery Boards.

In his spare time, Virgil enjoyed reading, golf, watching sports on TV and visiting with friends at Bubbles. He had a lifelong interest in agriculture.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Adella; wife, Mavis; son-in-law, John Hegge; brother and sister-in-law, Ward and Lois Bergene; sister, Janet Bergene; brothers-in-law, Con Sletta, James Mathiason, and Don Soderling.

He is survived by his children, Sandra (Daniel) Berndt, Rochester, Kent (Stephanie) Bergene, Downers Grove, Ill., Julie (David) Schmitz, Adams, Amy (Dennis) Underdahl, Adams, Kerry (Richard) Stroup, Rose Creek, and Kristin (Michael) Ness, Kasson; 18 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; sister, Jane Sletta, Mankato; cousin-in-law, Dorothy Bergene, Adams; sisters-in-law, Audrey Soderling, Star, Idaho, and Gladys Warner, Walnut Grove; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Little Cedar Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jeremy Johnson officiating. Interment will follow at Little Cedar Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Adams Funeral Home, and will continue for one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

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