Aaron Berglund, age 94, of Cambridge passed away May 17, 2007 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, JUNE 2nd at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel with Rev. Bill MacKinney officiating. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery.
Aaron Berglund was born September 3, 1912, in Cambridge, MN, the son of Andrew and Mathilda (Anderson) Berglund, both immigrants from Sweden. He grew up in Cambridge with his ten siblings, where his father was the owner of a furniture store and mortuary.
He married Margaret Carlson of Isanti in 1931, and the couple took up residence in Minneapolis. Self taught, jack of all trades, he eventually became a machinist with Brown and Bigelow Company during World War II.
After the War, Aaron and Margaret moved back to the Isanti/Cambridge area where he assumed ownership of a water well drilling business. Aaron was active in the community as a volunteer fireman, a member of the Isanti Village council and a member of the School Board. In 1968, they moved to Seminole, FL and developed a mobile home court.
In his “spare time”, Aaron built a cabin on Spectacle Lake, a home in Isanti and a summer home on the Sunrise River near North Branch, MN. He could build almost anything and repair almost everything, as his family and many friends could attest. Aaron and Margaret loved to travel and camp, especially with their Avion trailer. Other major interests included model power boat, race car and airplane building and operating. He also loved to hunt and fish.
Aaron and Margaret moved back to Cambridge from Florida in 1986 upon their “retirement.” In Cambridge, they became very active in the Senior Activity Center (SACS). One year, they were honored as Senior King and Queen for the Swedish Festival, and Aaron was later honored as Isanti County Senior Citizen of the Year. They were active at First Baptist Church in Cambridgeand in the Isanti County Swedish Club.
Aaron was an active lifelong member of the Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges and participated in the Cambridge chapters where he held a variety of offices. He loved working at the Mason’s annual pancake breakfast. The State Masonic organization honored Aaron as an Outstanding Member.
Upon the death of his beloved wife, Margaret, in 1999, he moved into Mill Ridge Commons where he lived and still drove to SACS to help serve lunch every weekday. He celebrated his 90th birthday at Mill Ridge in 2002, with a large party of family and friends. When his health failed in 2004, Aaron had to finally give up driving and move to Grandview.
Aaron is survived by his three children, Clive Berglund (Patricia Carlson) of Auburn, WA, Donald Berglund (Sharon) of Ft. Myers, FL, and Mary (Garold) Nyberg of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren, Catherine (Kenneth) Brook, James Berglund, Kimberly (Peter) LeFebvre, Kari Berglund, Janette (Doug) Beck, Matthew Nyberg and Andrew Nyberg; four great grandchildren, Nicholas LeFebvre, Sarah LeFebvre, Shayla Harter and Kale Brook, many nephews and nieces throughout the USA and his friend Clara Pantsar whom he met at Mill Ridge Commons. He was preceded in death by all his siblings.