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George John Nyberg

George John Nyberg, 94, of Midge Lake, Farden Township, Minn., died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji with the Rev. Peter Rosenkvist officiating. A visitation will begin at noon Monday and continue until the time of the funeral.

He was born June 25, 1914, to John and Hilma (Bowman) Nyberg in International Falls, Minn. His first two years of schooling were at the little Farris Country School. The rest of his schooling was in International Falls. He worked in the Planing Mill in International Falls until he left to serve his country during World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served his country from June 28, 1942, to Dec. 28, 1945, spending 21 months overseas in North Africa and France. As his parents had moved to Chicago, Ill., he went to Chicago instead of going back to International Falls.

It was there that he met his future wife, Rachel Corine Kingsborough. They were married Sept. 22, 1947.

He worked for Olson Picture Frame Company and was a salesman for a molding and furniture manufacturing company. In 1953, he became foreman of Huss Lumber Company and then foreman for Georgia Pacific, where he worked until he retired.

His wife had a heart attack Sept. 12, 1997, and died Oct. 12, 1997. He and his wife had no children, so he lived alone until November 2006, when he sold his home and went to live with his brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Gerry Nyberg, on Midge Lake in Cass Lake. He lived in their home until January 2009, when he was taken to the hospital in Bemidji.

He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. He was a devoted member of his church. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his extended family.

He is survived by his brother, Myron (Lorraine) Nyberg of Cass Lake; sisters, Jeanette Barnas of Frankfort, Ill., and Etta Mae (Alfred) Guzick of Eagle River, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five brothers and three sisters.