Obituary for Alvina O. Deeren

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Alvina (Berg) Deeren, 93, of Galesville, WI died November 21, 2018 at Marinuka Manor. Alvina was born May 16,1925 to Alvin and Othilda (Erickson) Berg of Blair, WI. She was the oldest of 7 children and worked very hard on her family’s farm, hitching up a team of work horses by the age of 5, using a step stool to reach the large horses. At age 16 Alvina became the second Egg Festival queen in Blair, WI. She graduated from the Blair High School. She married Gordon Deeren of Galesville on Nov 15,1946 at the First Lutheran church in Blair. The Deeren farm, just north of Galesville has been their home ever since.
Alvina joined the Merry Homemakers in 1947 making many friends during those 71 years and has been the oldest member in her club for several years. She has also been a member of the Zion Lutheran church of Galesville since1947. Alvina served on the FHA board, the county Homemakers committee, Galesville Lioness club, helped register voters during elections, and was a 4-H leader when her children were young.
While raising their family, Alvina worked alongside Gordon in the fields, able to operate any of the machinery they needed to work the land and harvest their crop. Whether it was milking cows in the early years, raising thousands of turkeys, raising beef cattle, or watching the corn dryer all night long, she helped make the Deeren farm what it is today. After the field work was done, you could find Alvina cooking and baking bread at all hours of the night while the rest of the family was asleep.
Alvina and Gordon enjoyed vacations away from farming by traveling to many places in the US during their 72 years of marriage. Starting in 1946 with a honeymoon trip to New York and Niagra Falls, in which they drove half way home without brakes. She knew then that there would never be a dull moment living with Gordon.
In Alvina’s younger years she played the trumpet, the guitar, and loved to sing and dance. She would call family and friends on their birthdays and sing Happy Birthday and she would yodel for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Alvina is survived by her husband, Gordon, their 4 children, sons, Gary (Annette) Deeren of Iola, TX, Daniel (Susan) Deeren of Rio, WI, Rick Deeren of Galesville,WI and daughter, Pamela Remus of Holmen, WI. Twelve Grandchildren, Tracy (Ben) Crenshaw, Brent (Mary) Deeren, Jody (Cody) Clemens, all of Iola, TX, Brad (Jennifer) Deeren of Clayton, NC, Kevin (Julie) Deeren of Ettrick, Wi, Kurt Deeren of Madison, WI, Kraig (Carolyn) Deeren of Lodi,WI. Joseph Remus, and Michael Remus of Holmen, WI and Jerred Remus of West Salem, WI, Beth (Nathan) Rumppe of Blair, WI and Maria Deeren of Galesville, WI and 19 Great-grandchildren. Alvina is further survived by sisters, Elsie (Phillip) Hanevold of West Allis WI, Jeanette Horvath of San Fernando, CA, Olida Brown of Lake Forest, CA, and one brother Otto (Charline) Berg of Yorba Linda, CA, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and wonderful friends and neighbors whom she felt very close to.
Alvina was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Curtis (who died at birth), sisters Elaine Wegner and Janice Wandry, brother-in-laws, Richard Wegner, Charles Horvath, and Wayne Wandry and sister-in-law, Cleone Henry and her husband Dr Robert Henry, and a niece and 2 nephews Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church (20335 W. Gale Ave, Galesville, WI). Burial will be in the Pine Cliff Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, November 25, from 4 until 7pm and again on Monday from 10 am until the time of service.
Alvina’s family would like to thank the staff at Marinuka Manor for their loving care over the last 4 years.
In lieu of flowers, family prefers that memorials would be donated on behalf of Alvina to Marinuka Manor or to Zion Lutheran Church.