Agnes Helen Oustad Berglund

March 26, 1915November 12, 2010

Agnes Helen (Oustad) Berglund, 95, died peacefully on November 12, 2010 at Lakeshore Lutheran Home in Duluth. Agnes was born March 26, 1915 to Elvira and Annar Oustad. She graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1933. Agnes worked in the St. Louis County Courthouse for 10 years, starting as a Clerk and promoted to Deputy Probation Officer. She also worked as a Secretary for the Tupperware office in Duluth for many years. Agnes was an active member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where she was a member of the Deborah/Priscilla Circle and served on the Church Council. “Aggie” will be remembered by all as a fun loving person with a great sense of humor, though sometimes corny. She loved being outdoors in the woods and lakes of the Gunflint Trail and helped build a cabin with her husband, John, on West Bearskin Lake. They loved camping, portaging, snowmobiling and enjoying the woods. Aggie loved calling to the loons from the deck of her cabin and often slept in a screen porch on the deck just to be outside with the woods and creatures. She loved the sun and always found a place to sit where the sun would find her. The staff at Lakeshore would often find her sunning herself by a window like a cat. Aggie was preceded in death by first husband Robert Gibson, second husband, John R. Berglund; siblings, Margit Mehrman, Maynard Oustad and Katherine Lundberg; daughter Barbara Lund and granddaughter Christiane Lund. Agnes will be remembered by her son, John “Jay” Berglund, her daughter, Joan (Alan) Peterson, grandchildren Dario (Jeanne) Anselmo, Greg Anselmo, Robert Lund, Alexis (Jeff) Christensen, Christian (Velvet) Peterson, Kim Lund, Tres ( Jennifer) Lund, and Shauna (Patrick) McFeeley; great grandchildren, Andrew, Aidan and Ally Anselmo, Ethan and Ellie Christensen, Drew and Jack Peterson, Ben and Annie Lund, Amanda, Madison and Ashley McFeeley, Ellie Lund, Zack, Madeline and Sam Wagner-Lund; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Shores Assisted Living and Lakeshore Memory Care and St. Mary’s Hospice staff for their kind, loving and thoughtful care of Aggie for the last 4 years. Visitation one hour prior to funeral service 1:00 p.m., Wednesday November 17 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1325 N. 45 th Ave. E, Duluth MN, Rev. Dave Mesner officiating, interment at Park Hill Cemetery. At Aggie’s request, please bring a single colored rose to the funeral in lieu of flower arrangements. Memorials preferred to: Lakeshore, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Protect Minnesota to prevent gun injuries and deaths, St. Mary’s Hospice or the Gunflint Trail Rescue Squad. Please leave a memory of Aggie or words of support for the family at Arrangements by Bell Brothers.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 17, 2010
  • Visitaton Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Kate and Paul Kelnberger

November 23, 2010

Aggie was the first resident of West Bearskin lake that we met - in 1982. An inner tube that our kids were playing with floated away. Aggie greeted us at the Bearskin landing and, noticing the kids, asked if they had lost their water toy. We canoed down the lake to their place and I can still remember Aggie's hospitality, humor, and twinkle in her eyes. She made us feel so welcome at the lake. We know that in later years, she faced great sorrow but still had her saucy humor and the twinkle in her eyes. Our sympathy to Aggie's family and friends at her passing.

Mary B Garrison

November 19, 2010

I remember Agnes from our years as neighbors on West Bearskin Lake. We enjoyed many times together. I'm sorry to hear of her passing. She was a "fun" lady.

Polly and Ian Hassenstab

November 17, 2010

November 17, 2010
Dear Joan and Jay,
We were very sorry to learn of your mom's passing. She was such a good friend of Winnie and the rest of our family and a wonderful lady in so many ways. Now she will be with your Dad once again in their big cabin in the heavens . Please take some comfort in knowing how proud she and your Dad were of both of you. She said she didn't know what she would do without Jay and Joan helping her. Surely she is looking down from Heaven now, smiling with her ever present smile and thanking you two for making her life a joy. Our thoughts and prayers go with you.

November 16, 2010

dear jay ,joan and rhe res tof your family,
please accept my sympathy on your mothers passing. If ever there was a classy lady your mom totally fit the description. I have so many great memories of both your mom and dad when we'd go to the cabin up on bearskin. I don't ever recall ever seeing Ag upset about anything.She always seemed to take the high road with everyone she was with.She had such an affectionate smile and personality that she was always fun to be around. I f ever I would know that someone is in heaven, I know your mom is there now with your dad and their probably heading to their cabin up there. God bless you both and your family and remember all those great memories you had with her and your dad. Take Care.

Terry Spehar