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Harriet Bostrom 01/09/2011

Harriet Lucy Bostrom passed away peacefully with her family near her at the Plum City Care Center on Sunday, January 9, 2011.  Harriet was born at home in Red Wing, Minnesota in 1906 on a cool, spring day the 17th of May.  She was the first born child of Herman and Selma (Holmes) Anderson.  In 1920 the family moved to Hager City, Wisconsin where Harriet attended the Wilson School with her brother Roy and sister Margaret.  As a young adult, she worked as a housekeeper in Red Wing and later as an operator for Hager Telephone Co.  She met Carl Bostrom at Svea Church and they were married at the church parsonage November 11, 1931.  After a short honeymoon at the St. James Hotel, they moved to Lund, Wisconsin to work for the Lund Telephone Company.  Harriet ran the switchboard, and Carl was the lineman.  It was a perfect partnership for 48 years.  Harriet also served as secretary for the Lund Fire Department for many years.  Church has always been an important part of Harriet’s life.  She was a member of Sabylund Lutheran Church and for many years was the church “flower lady” with her friend LaVonne Mattson.  Every Sunday they would provide flowers for the church altar from their beautiful gardens or the Lund countryside.  Harriet enjoyed gardening, playing Parcheesi, visiting with friends, sitting on her porch, baking, drinking coffee, traveling, spoiling her dog, and watching birds and sunsets.  Most of all she loved her family and celebrating any occasion with them with good food, love and laughter.  Harriet is survived by two loving sons, Neil (Shirley) and James (Judy); three dear grandchildren, Nathan (Judy), Natalie (Dan) Stockwell, Nancy (Roman) Huppert; four sweet great-grandchildren, Hanna and Madeline Huppert and Alison and Carl Stockwell; four sweet step great-grandchildren, Ben and Olivia Mulvey, Erin Russell, and Kaye Backlund; 3 darling step great great-grandchildren, Brock and Mya Mulvey, and Josephine Russell and many loving relatives and friends.  Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Carl, her siblings, Roy Anderson and Margaret Johnson; and great-granddaughter, Kate Huppert.  She was 104 years, 7 months and 23 days at her passing.  Harriet will be cherished always by those who love her.  A funeral service was held Thursday, January 13, 2011 at 11 am at Svea Lutheran Church in Hager City.  Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 4-7 pm at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in Maiden Rock and from 10-11 am on Thursday at the church.  Interment was in Svea Lutheran Church Cemetery.  Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Maiden Rock.

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