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On
Thursday, January 3, 2013, the spirit of Edward "Everett" Bergren left our world
for a better place. He had just turned 14. In life, Everett was a kind, gentle
and loving person with an innate sense of compassion. He had a terrific smile.
He was extremely resourceful and inquisitive. Everett loved agate hunting,
nature photography and he was a Minnesota Vikings fan. He was an animal lover
and he enjoyed music. He was also an explorer and adventurer. Everett was quite
the young outdoorsman and loved everything to do with nature. Everett was a
quick learner with a keen eye for detail. He was gifted, with many skills that
were beyond his years. Everett possessed a strong moral compass and sense for
what was right. In fact, he dreamed of one day becoming a conservation officer
to help, protect and preserve that which he held so dear - Mother Nature's
beauty. Being an ardent outdoorsman, Everett pursued and excelled at fishing,
hunting, trapping, hiking and camping; so much so that he was seen as a
throwback from one of the old time Mountain Men. Everett was an awesome big
brother to his little sisters who he loved and guarded fiercely. Everett was a
valuable friend to have because he was so loyal and held empathy in his heart
for those who suffered misfortune. He was special in so many ways. Through much
adversity, Everett persevered and did so with astonishing courage and dignity.
Since the accident almost one year ago (1/19/12), which took the life of his
loving grandmother Paula, and injured him, Everett fought bravely through
recovery. The resilience and tenacity he showed proved to the world what a truly
amazing kid he was. Everett showed remarkable courage while facing life's
challenges. As a child growing up, Everett warmed the hearts of countless people
and he will never be forgotten. He was an extreme joy. Everett was preceded in
death by his maternal grandfather, Scott Turnbull; his paternal grandmother,
Paula Bergren. He is survived by his mother, Trista Turnbull; his father, Edward
"Ross" Bergren; his sisters Liberty Bergren, Tehya, Bella and Alivia; maternal
grandmother, Tammy Mee; paternal grandparents, Ed and Diane Bergren; paternal
great-grandmother, Jo Schultz; Aunties, Ashly Effinger, Shelley (Rhett)
Nicholson; Uncles, Joel Bergren; Special friends, CeCe and Nick; and so many
others. GATHERING: 12 noon until the 1 p.m. service Saturday, Jan. 12 at
Hermantown Community Church, 4880 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown, MN 55811. A fund
has be established at Forest Hill Cemetery for a bench to be placed near the
duck pond in memory of Paula Bergren and Everett Bergren. Donations may be
mailed to Bergren Memorial Bench Fund, Forest Hill Cemetery, 2516 Woodland
Avenue, Duluth, MN 55803.--