Funeral mass was held Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Selz for Bergitta Axtman, 93, Selz, who died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Souris Valley Care Center in Velva.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Bergitta was born Dec. 9, 1921 at Salvador, Saskatchewan, Canada, a daughter of Henry & Martina (Neiss) Bichler. She grew up in the Balta area and attended school there. On Oct. 28, 1940 she married Nick Axtman in Selz. They lived and farmed northeast of Selz until 1981, when they moved into town. She moved to Harvey in 1997, to an apartment in Velva in 2005, and to the Souris Valley Care Center in 2010.
She was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and Christian Mothers in Selz.
She is survived by daughters, Irene Kramer, Velva; Diane Muffenbier, Balta; son, Kenneth, Grand Prairie, Texas; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; brother, Paul Bichler, Reno, Nev.; sisters, Victoria Dudschus, Tacoma, Wash.; Armelia Snyder, Reno, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Marlene Lamphear; granddaughter, Tammy Wasmer; sons-in-law, Patrick Kramer and Ron Lamphear; brother, Lawrence Bichler; sisters, Eva Dahl, Amelia Fox and Sister Mary Maureena (Carolina Bichler).
Casketbearers were Bruce, Gerald and Paul Kramer; Tom Lamphear and Kevin and Gerald Muffenbier.
Arrangements by Hertz Funeral Home of Harvey.
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