Jan. 7, 1916-April 3, 2005

PENDLETON - The funeral for Bertha Bisgaard Mickelsen will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton with burial to follow at Olney Cemetery.

Mrs. Mickelsen, 89, a Pendleton resident since 1978, died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at St. Anthony Hospital.

She was born Jan. 7, 1916, at Poplar, Iowa, to Soren Bisgaard and Kristine Jensen Petersen. After the death of her mother, she and her siblings were raised at Elk Horn, Iowa, at the Elim Childrens Home, where she received her education.

In the late 1930's she moved to Los Angeles where she met and married Niels Wilhelm "Bill" Mickelsen. They lived in California until 1943 when they went into missionary work joining New Tribes Mission. They served with New Tribes for 16 years in Paraguay, South America, then returned to Waukesha, Wis. where they served at the New Tribes Mission Bible Institute. They retired and moved to LaGrande to be near family in 1978.

In 1980 they moved to Pendleton where they managed the Brown Building Apartments for 10 years before they permanently retired.

Mr. Mickelsen died Aug. 8, 2003, after which she resided at Suttle Care and Retirement Center. She enjoyed living at Suttle Care and enjoyed the residents and care givers alike.

Mrs. Mickelsen attended the Calvary Baptist Church, and was active in the Dorcas Circle.

Her greatest love was her family. She enjoyed cooking and will be remembered for all the love she gave, and the wonderful pies she baked.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Mel Carlsen of Elgin and Deborah and Orland Rudd of Cove; sons and daughters-in law, Sigurd and Linda Mickelsen of Halsey, Fredric and Judith Mickelsen of Kelso, Wash., and Benjamin Mickelsen of West Allis, Wis.; a sister, Nina Mac Jensen of Eugene; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband, Bill, by an infant son, Ronald, and by six brothers and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Tribes Mission, directly, or through Bishop Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 325, Pendleton, OR. 97801.

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