Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Myrtle Pherigo of Litchfield died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at her home. She was 89.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, at the Litchfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Bill Kerr officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in Lake Ripley Cemetery at a later date.
Myrtle Angeline Pherigo was born Nov. 12, 1919 to Christian and Rachel (Schultz) Thompson in Forest Prairie Township, Meeker County. She grew up in the Watkins area and attended District 84 School. She was confirmed in the United Methodist Church. She was married June 27, 1936, to Alfred "Fritz" Pherigo at the Mission Church in Los Angeles, Calif.
"Myrt" was first employed at the Litchfield Produce for a short time and next worked at the Litchfield Green House for 11 years from 1948 through 1959. She retired in 1976 from F.W. Woolworth Co., in Litchfield after 17 years. She was a leader of the Litchfield Darts 4-H Club from 1966 to 1971. Myrt was a member of the United Methodist Church in Litchfield and enjoyed serving turkey dinners with the United Methodist women. Her retirement years were filled with many hours of quilt making. Her quilts are fondly known to family members as "myrties." She truly enjoyed gardening, canning, crafts, playing euchre, furniture refinishing with her husband, and joyous times with family during the Pherigo Phamily Phlings at her son's cabin on Lake Minnie Belle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alfred "Fritz" of almost 71 years, grandson David Bragg, daughter-in-law Jean Ellig Pherigo, six brothers and six sisters Violet Strandlund, Bertha Linderholm, Elvera Johnson, Clara Johnson, Derwerd Thompson, Adella Mae Rogers, Wilfred "Bill" Thompson, Neils Thompson, Charles "Barney" Thompson, Harold Thompson in infancy, one baby boy and one baby girl in infancy.
Myrtle is survived by her children George Pherigo of Harrisburg, N.C., Harold (and Sandra) Pherigo of St. Cloud, Diane (and Steve) Bragg of Litchfield, Arlene (and Alexander, Jr.) Howanski of Sandwich, Ill.; grandchildren Cherlyn (and Pete) Gallagher of Mt. Holly, N.C., Dorianne (and Robert) Davis of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., Aaron Pherigo of Harrisburg, N.C., Coretta Pherigo of Edina, Michael (and Heather) Bragg of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ann (and Bryan) Edwards of Vinton, Iowa, David (and Wendy) Christianson of Apple Valley, Minn., two step-grandchildren Nicholas Howanski and Lauren Howanski of Lisle, Ill., 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandsons and one sister Shirley (and Harold) Swanger of Litchfield.