Moberg, Emma (Nelson) (1913-2009)

Emma Moberg, 95, died on Friday, March 6, 2009 at Thief River Care Center in Thief River Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 (today) at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, with Rev. John Golv presiding. Casket bearers include DelRay Gilbertson, Lyle Gilbertson, Doug Reierson, Garret Reierson, LaVern Reierson, Loris Reierson, DelRay Sannes and Richard Sannes. Honorary casket bearers include Emma’s friends at the Thief River Care Center. Interment will be held at the Holt Cemetery, Holt. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

The daughter of Norwegian immigrants, Knute and Karen (Ellingson) Nelson, Emma was born on March 23, 1913, in the northeast part of Mud Lake, now Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. She was baptized in the Lutheran faith and confirmed in 1929 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. Emma attended Bungalow School District 151 and Wilson School District 152, in Mud Lake, Marshall County, until 1931.

Emma was united in marriage to George Moberg on November 23, 1936 in Holt. The couple lived in Mud Lake until 1937, when they purchased the old Charlie Davis farm north of Holt. Together they raised small grains, dairy and beef cattle.

George and Emma sold their farm in 1968. They built a new home and set of buildings in 1974 on the Johnnie Johnson farm site. Emma sold that place in 2005.

Emma worked as a substitute clerk at the Holt Post Office from 1962-69 and then joined the work force at Arctic Enterprises, Inc. for nine years. George passed away in 1983 and Emma continued to make her home in Holt Township.

Emma was recognized as “Outstanding Senior Citizen” on July 19th, 1985, at the Marshall County Fair in Warren.
Emma was a member of the Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt Keenagers, the Red Hat Society, and she kept busy with her garden, flowers and lawn work.

In the year 2004, Emma made the Thief River Care Center her permanent home. She enjoyed the atmosphere and made many new friends and acquaintances during her years at the Center.

Emma is survived by her sisters: Clara A. Reierson of Holt, Olga Gilbertson of Holt, and Gladys Anderson of Thief River Falls; sister-in-laws, Gerinda Nelson of Thief River Falls and Joyce Ness, Montgomery, Ala.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; two brothers, Johnnie and Edwin; and one sister, Anna.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky