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Friday, February 13, 2004
Deaths of local interest in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties
Bertel A. Ahlqvist (Bert), 77, Mount Vision.
Bertel A. Ahlqvist
MOUNT VISION - Bertel A. Ahlqvist (Bert), 77, passed away peacefully at home
on Feb. 11, 2004, with members of his family by his side.
Bert was born on July 17, 1926, the son of Edvin and Agda (Widjeskog)
Ahlqvist in the Bronx.
Bert moved with his family to Finland at the age of 3, but returned to the
United States in April 1949. He lived in Mount Vision briefly and then moved to
Staten Island, where he met and married his wife, Margaret (Sahlke) Ahlqvist on
March 15, 1952. They moved to Laurens in 1975, and to Mount Vision in 1985.
Over the years, Bert was a blacksmith, farmer, and landlord, but his life's
work was as a carpenter and contractor. With his son Bob, he built many homes
both in Staten Island and the Laurens area, including his own.
His lifelong interest in sports began in Finland, where he actively
participated in track and field and competitive cross-country skiing.
In his later years, he enjoyed gardening, bird watching, singing, woodworking
and carving, and watching sports both locally and on television.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Margaret; his four children, Bob and his
companion, Norma, of West Laurens, Dr. Linda Walsh and her husband, Jeff, of
Glen Arm, Md., Karen Mann and her husband, Robert, of Laurens, and Eric Ahlqvist
of Mount Vision.
Bert also had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, Laura and
Ryan Ahlqvist, Katie and Christie Walsh, Nathan, Stephanie and Ashley Mann, and
Emily Ahlqvist. He also has a great-grandchild, Lawrance, and another due in
Also surviving is a brother, Karl and his wife, Ruth, of Oneonta; a sister,
Doris and her husband, Ragnar, of Terjarv, Finland; and several nieces and
Bert was predeceased by a brother, Raymond, whose wife, Eileen resides in
Bert was an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the
The family would like to express a special thanks to Debbie and Judy at
FoxCare Lab and to Mary and Donette at Ambulatory Surgery at A.O Fox Memorial
Calling hours will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lewis, Hurley &
Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta. Funeral service will be at
Atonement Lutheran Church, Oneonta at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Burial in Mount Vision Cemetery will be performed in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice or to
the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Oneonta.