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Ann Bergstrom

May 25, 1928 ~ July 18, 2017

Ann Claire (Thompson) Bergstrom, 89, passed away peacefully in her home near the West Gallatin River on Tuesday afternoon July 18th.  Ann was born in Butte, MT on May 25, 1928 to Catherine (Cleary) and John Edwin Thompson.  Her early youth and grade schooling was in Butte and Warm Springs.  Growing up with her younger brother, Jack, she enjoyed a multitude of activities such as ice-skating, dancing with the “boys” at a nearby Civilian Conservation Camp, exploring the banks of the Madison River while her dad fished, and riding her favorite Christmas bicycle.  Occasional motor trips to visit relatives in Oregon were much looked forward to by her family.  In Anaconda High School, Ann studied hard in classes while thoroughly enjoying band activities and her Drum Major position.  While attending Montana State College (Bozeman) she was invited to become a sister of the Kappa Delta Sorority, and soon met her life mate, Roy Bergstrom, and his Indian motorcycle.  Despite the obligations to classes, studies, and tests, Ann and Roy found time to participate in the Hornets Motorcycle Club activities which included weekend club-runs, picnic outings, and dances up the Gallatin Canyon at Karst Cold Spring Ranch, up the Bridger Canyon at the Flaming Arrow Ranch, or at a variety of campus organizations.  Ann and Roy were married in Anaconda on June 14, 1949.  She graduated from MSC in 1950 with a degree in Commercial Science.  After graduating in 1951, Roy became employed by the Soil Conversation Service, and he and Ann began a series of moves around the state of Montana, including Whitehall, Dillon, Helena, Bozeman, and finally Belgrade.  Along the way their family grew to include five children and countless dear friends.  Ann was drawn to animals her entire life and cherished a unique connection to unlimited numbers of birds, frogs, cats, chickens, dogs, goats, pigs, calves, horses, bum lambs and a woodchuck!  The lives of these animals were greatly enriched by having been cared for by her.   Ann was an exceptional cook and the aromas from the Bergstrom home drew family and friends from miles away.  Holiday feasts brought out lawn chairs and card tables aligned in a row in the living room to accommodate everyone.  Special treats were lefse, sawdust biscuits, pasty meat pies, Groot and cookies in a cookie jar which was forever being refilled.  Ann was always working on some special project for a friend or relative.  Crocheting, knitting, and sewing were only a few of the craft mediums in which she excelled.  Travelling with Roy to the USS Patterson/Pearl Harbor Survivor reunions was a great thrill for her.  During the past few years Ann was deeply involved in reminiscing on old photograph collections.  Story after story was recollected during marathon sessions with her kids and grandkids as old photos and slides were flashed on Dad’s old projector screen. 

Ann was preceded in death by her mother, father, brother, husband, and numerous aunts and uncles.  Ann says “So long” to her five children; Cathy (Jess/Morgan) Stovall, Peggy (Bob) Byrd, Mike (Margaret), Patti (Randy) Craig, and John (Stephanie), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sister-in law Blanche Bergstrom, numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends, and her four-pawed shadow, Koko.

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