FARGO — Bertie L. Hagberg was born July 25, 1928, in Rockford, Ill., to Harrie W. and Florence L. (Miller) Hagberg. She was baptized at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rockford on Sept. 2, 1928, and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo, on March 29, 1942. Bertie graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1946. She attended Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, graduating with her RN degree in 1949. In 1956, she received her bachelor of science degree from Morningside College of Sioux City, Iowa, and in 1963, her master’s degree from North Dakota State University in family relations and child development. Bertie also graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Bertie lived in Bismarck from 1975 to 1990 then moved back to Fargo. Prior to living in Bismarck, she lived both nationally and internationally due to her assignments with the U.S. Army.
Throughout her career, Bertie held various nursing positions, including the City of Fargo Public Health Department, and the North Dakota State Health Department, Division of Maternal and Child Health. She served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1952 to 1982, retiring as a Colonel. Bertie also served as a nurse with the American Red Cross, and was named North Dakota March of Dimes “Nurse of the Year” in 1981. She retired from active nursing in 1990.
Bertie was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church of West Fargo. She was an active volunteer and member of several organizations including; the North Dakota American Legion; Reserve Officers Association; Charter member of Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation; American Nurses Association; and Public Health Association-North Dakota Chapter of the Great Plains Organization for Perinatal Care.
Bertie died Dec. 23, 2012, in Fargo.
She is survived by her brother, Calvin (Joyce) Hagberg, Minneapolis; her nephews, Scott, Rick (Rosie), and Keith Hagberg and his son, Jakob, who was very special to Bertie.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Marion Moen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo; Calvary Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill., or Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Riverside, Fargo.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Please feel free to sign the online guest book at www.hansonrunsvold.com. (Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo)