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Thelma Bengtson

Thelma H. Bengtson, age  89, of Willmar, died Saturday evening, February 2, at Prairie Senior Cottages in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Kandiyohi.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb., 8, at the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

Thelma Helen Bengtson was born on February 11, 1929, in Willmar, Minnesota, the daughter of Otto and Zella (Welch) Oveson.  She grew up in the Willmar and Kandiyohi communities and graduated from Willmar High School in 1947.  On June 28, 1947, Thelma was united in marriage to Ferdinand “Ferdie” Bengtson and they made their home in Kandiyohi.  She worked for a while as a waitress at Zella’s Café in Kandiyohi (which was owned by her mother).  Thelma was later employed for many years in sales at the S & L Clothing Store, Habicht’s Department Store and Thompson’s Clothing Store in downtown Willmar.  In 1961, Thelma founded the Kandi-Harold Newspaper and served as the editor for many years.  She enjoyed birds, traveling (especially on various bus tours) and family get-togethers.  She was a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church and served for many years in women’s circle.

She is survived by her two sons, Mike (and Jane) Bengtson of Bloomington, IN and Mark (and Shari) Bengtson of Kandiyohi; nine grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.  Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Barb Oveson of Kandiyohi, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ferdie in 2000; one son, Douglas in 1974; one sister, Olive “Toots” Ritz in 1967; one brother, Ken Oveson in 2018, and a half-sister, Hazel Haverly in 1974.

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Thank you for sharing your memories and blessings. You were special people to both Ferdie and Thelma and they spoke fondly of you both and often.

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you so much for sympathies. Thelma would be happy that you are visiting the kids and traveling-both of which she loved so much.

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

So so beautiful of a flower basket Dan & Laura and thank you so much. Your call also meant so much to me. I don't tell you often enough though We hope you know that we appreciate and love you both.

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you for your sharing you sympathies with us Paul and happy with your recall as we are of fond memories.

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you for your sympathies Bob and we agree with fond memories as we move forward

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thanks for sharing your memories Kyle. Thelma sure loved kids didn't she! It makes us smile too knowing that she is at peace in heaven with her dear husband Ferdie and son Doug. Pastor Jon from Ebenezer was with her much in her final days and I know that was great comfort to her on her final journey. Hospice helped us help her and she passed peacefully and pain free.

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you Larry for your sympathies and prayers. Her final days were pain free and she passed peacefully. She is probably sitting at a table in heaven playing cards with Ferdie & your Mom & Dad-lol

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you for your message. Thelma passed pain free and peacefully. She was sure to be greeted in heaven by your Mom & Dad.

Mark & Shari Bengtson Family Feb 12 2019 12:00 AM

God Bless the family of dear Thelma! My heart is at ease, for she is with her Heavenly Father and at rest. The times and adventures together left many memories, smiles, chuckles, and teachings she shared with us. Thelma was a blessing and a special person in our lives in Kandiyohi and enriched our lives. God Bless her soul, and give peace and comfort to her family as you mourn her loss. We are unable to attend Thelma's funeral, as we are enroute to see our kids in Texas.

Sharon and Bill DePetro Feb 8 2019 12:00 AM

Mike and Mark,Barb and I are out of town down visiting Elizabeth in Arkansas and then going to Alabama through March and Elaine called us to let us know Thelma died. We just wanted to share our sympathy with you, She was the last Aunt on the Bengtson side to die, ending our parents generation. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Roger and Barb

Roger and Barb Feb 7 2019 12:00 AM

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