Edean Berglund


Edean Berglund


Edean Berglund passed away on April 11, 2019, in Billings. She was born on June 4, 1951, in Havre.

She grew up on the family farm west of Big Sandy with her parents Dorothy and Alf Berglund and sister Barbara. Edean lovingly teased Barb as being “the good sister” and then smiled. Regardless of where Edean lived and life led her, Barb was her truest source of friendship, support and love. Edean lived in Olympia, Washington, for 30 years, but in 2012, due to declining health, she moved to Morningstar Senior Living in Billings to be near her sister.

Edean attended Lincoln School, a one-room school near the Berglund farm, for grades 1 through 8, graduating from Big Sandy High School in 1969. After one year at Montana State University-Bozeman, she completed a history degree in 1973 from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Guided by her love of books and science, in 1977, Edean earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in library science, specializing in medicine.

As a medical librarian, Edean was widely respected for her work ethic, broad knowledge, and enviable logistical skills. She worked at American Lutheran Church Headquarters, Minneapolis; Fairview Hospital, Minneapolis; Montana State Hospital, Warm Springs; St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota; Providence St. Peter’s Hospital, Olympia, Washington; and Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. She served in leadership roles for her professional associations, arranged hospital events like fundraisers, and guided institutional improvements that included upgrading computer systems and even choosing an art collection for a renovated hospital. For decades, Edean was the go-to source of up-to-date scientific information for numerous doctors and healthcare staff, as well as a mentor to her many library employees.

Edean lived large, seizing the advantages of city living, but never losing pride in her Montana farm roots. Her days were rich with doing, going, getting things done. Her interests included theater/plays, concerts (from the Seattle Symphony to Cher’s farewell tour), travel in and outside the United States, reading and her longtime Olympia book club, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings football, figure skating, cooking and entertaining, cats (her last cat Willie lived to age 22), and, most importantly, family gatherings in Big Sandy and elsewhere. She loved lattes, a good steak, pedicures, and regular visits to the farm where she was raised a farmer’s daughter. She liked the outdoors mainly for its scenery and considered camping to be a hotel with bad room service.

Edean had a reputation among family and friends for detailed organizing of social events, usually by delegating work to others. She was the thoughtful guest with the well-considered wedding or house gift, the most loyal of friends, and the independent, self-made woman who ALWAYS spoke her mind.

Edean is survived by sister Barbara Berglund of Billings and many friends and cousins, including special cousins Marcia Kaste and Lois Sostarich. Edean never had children of her own, but she treasured close relationships with many of her maternal cousins’ children.

She was preceded in death by father Alf Berglund, mother Dorothy (Buchholz) Berglund, numerous aunts and uncles, including special aunt Emma Kulbeck, and three cherished cousins, Beverly Ophus, Glen Kulbeck and Marshall (Caesar) Kulbeck.

Special thanks for the staff of Morningstar and Stillwater Hospice for their kind and patient care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Jeff Reichelt Library or Christ Lutheran Church, both of Big Sandy, or to the charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place and a graveside memorial service and interment of ashes will be held in early June at the Kenilworth Cemetery west of Big Sandy. Arrangements are in the care of Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory.

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9 thoughts on “Edean Berglund”

  1. jerrry peterson

    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Edean, a true spirit who would tell you the truth whether you wanted it or not. She will be missed. Another classmate who has passed!

  2. Susan Bliss Bevenger

    Barb, I am so sorry to hear of Edean’s passing. She was always so kind and nice to me. Both you and she were gifted with such a wonderful sense of humor. Please accept my deepest sympathy. God bless you with His peace during this time. Love and prayers.

  3. Fay Allderdice Danielsen

    Barbara so sorry for the loss of your dear sister. She was a very special person. I hope your treasured memories ease the pain of your loss.

  4. Mary Lou Hurt My sincere condolences Barb. Edean was a dynamo! The many things she accomplished helped others in so many ways. Sense of humor?? The two of you would win hands down!
    Love the photos – no question – you were sisters.

    Much love, Mary Lou

  5. Barbara Thinking of you and your loss . I have fond memories of Edean riding the bus and as a class mate.We had fun giving a bad time over the years . we will miss her smile at get togethers. our thoughts are with you .

  6. Deborah Shawver

    So sorry to see a good person go too soon. My deepest sympathy to Barb and the rest of the family.
    Edean was a good friend to me when she and I worked together in Olympia. I missed her when she left Washington, and I grieve her passing now. She offered me solid and wise support when I needed it most. I will never forget the difference she made in my life.

  7. Barb, Karen and I send our hope-filled condolences, grateful for being given the blessing of knowing you, your mother, and Edean and believing that death is not the end of the story, but just the end of this chapter. The best is yet to be.

  8. Carla Peck Jasinski

    Dear Barb,
    I’m so sorry to learn of Edean’s passing. There are so many good memories of staying at the farm, and yes, there was much laughter with all of you. Please accept my deepest condolences to you. May Jesus wrap His loving arms around you, and may the good memories of Edean be a source of comfort to you. Many blessings, much love and peace to you.
    Carla Peck Jasinski

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