Colleen J. Vergin

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Colleen J. Vergin
October 13, 1932 - March 6, 2018
 
Colleen J. Vergin, 85, of Apache Junction, Ariz., passed away at Visions Senior Living in Apache Junction on March 6, 2018.  
 
Colleen was born in Fergus Falls on Oct. 13, 1932, and later she moved to Glenwood. She married the love of her life, Harlan E. Vergin of Benson. Her ashes will be buried with her husband at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul.
 
Colleen was fortunate to travel and live in many warm places while her husband was in the U.S. Air Force: Hawaii, Mississippi and southern California. This influenced her choices of where to live after retirement. After retiring from the 3M Company in 1993, she headed south to the Harlingen area of Texas for two years and then settled in Apache Junction, Ariz., for over 20 years. She was an avid square dancer and made many lifelong friends in both Minnesota and Arizona.
 
Colleen was also passionate about the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home whose mission it is to provide a loving, wholesome, Christian home to children who are separated from their parents and help them establish stable parental relationships and prepare them for success in adult life. She set up food drives and collected donations in her retirement community to assist their mission and talked to everyone she met about this very special place.
 
Colleen is survived by her daughter, Cheryl K. Vergin of Danville, Ill.; sisters, Bonita Holthusen of Glenwood and Janet Burnside of Centennial, Colo.; granddaughters, Meryl K. Dillman of Kansas City, Mo., and Kayla L. Dillman of Danville, Ill.; great-granddaughter, Cecelia D. Kaiser of Kansas City, Mo.; nieces, Sheila Simonson of Coon Rapids and Tami Griffin of Sartell; nephews, Bruce Simonson of Isanti and Todd Griffin of Glenwood. 
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan; parents, Forrest and Bernice Berg; sister, Phyllis Simonson; and niece, Robin Burnside.
 
Memorials may be sent in memory of Colleen to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405 N. Higley Rd., Mesa AZ 85215.
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