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Fern Morstad
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Obituary for Fern Morstad

Fern Lorraine Oberg was born on March 4, 1925 in Moorhead, Minnesota. Her parents were the late Martin and Alma (Nodle) Oberg. On April 9, 1949 Fern was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Morstad in Georgetown, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota. Their marriage was blessed with 2 children: Barry and Jane. Fern and Bob made their home in New York Mills where Bob practiced as a dentist and Fern raised their family. After Bob’s retirement, Fern and Bob moved to Washington. Bob passed away on Septermber 7, 2013 at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Washington. 

Fern loved teaching anyone, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, a founding member of the Piecemakers Quilting at St. Peter’s. She enjoyed church activities, cooking, gardening and flowers. Fern was the first woman to fly in Minnesota and also traveled on a military ship.

On January 9, 2018 Fern passed away peacefully listening to harp being played at the Orchard Adult Care Home in Vancouver, Washington at 92 years of age. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. 

Preceding Fern in death were her parents: Alma and Martin Oberg; husband: Robert; grandchild: Joseph Keith; daughter-in-law, Althea Morstad; brother: Milton Oberg; parents-in-law: Dr. Andrew T and Alice Morstad; sisters-in-law: Lavay Yeager and Mary Ann Haakana; brothers-in-law: Ted McDougal, Dr. David Morstad and Dr. Theodore Morstad.Fern is survived by her daughter: Jane (Stephen) Keith; son: Barry Morstad; 4 grandchildren: Mackenzie and Whitney Keith, Jesse and Jennifer Reno; sister: Vivian McDougal; brother: Curtis (Lois) Oberg; sisters-in-law: Alice (Miley) Hass; Jackie (Mervin) Thompson; Geneva Morstad; Marilyn Morstad; and many other relatives and a host of friends.

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4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Karvonen & Son Funeral Home

110 S. Broadway, PO Box K
New York Mills, MN 56567





2:00 PM
St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ New York Mills

101 Gilman Street West
New York Mills, MN 56567

Visitation will be held one hour prior.


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