Wilma Carolyn (Burkgren) Aspholm

March 30, 1925 ~ December 22, 2021 (age 96)


Wilma Carolyn Burkgren was born on March 30, 1925, on a farm southwest of Dayton, IA, the daughter of Obed and Inez (Carlson) Burkgren. She attended Dayton Public School, graduating in 1943. She went on to attend Toben Business College and was later employed in AAA-Agricultural office and Fort Dodge Laboratories.

On Sept. 26, 1948, she was united in marriage with Paul Aspholm at Dayton Lutheran Church and moved to Manson in 1949.

Wilma is survived by her sons Alan Aspholm of Manson, IA; and Lynn (Cathy) Aspholm of Cornelius, OR; daughter Rona Aspholm; grandchildren Kyle, Jillian, Theodore, and Eric; great grandchildren Annabella, LeRoy, Gaven, Draken, and Juniper Moon; her brother Robert Burkgren of LaPorte City, IA; and sisters Irma Licht of Fort Dodge, IA and Kate Zoss of Des Moines, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Paul who died on July 17, 2013; and her brothers Marvin, Omar, Calvin and Dr. Donald Burkgren.

Wilma was active in St. Paul ELCW working in LWR Quilts and Kids. She was a former member of the Manson Garden Club and Manson Women's Club. She also worked with Paul in the excavating company, doing errands and bookkeeping.

Over the years Wilma was known for her baking: cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, Swedish Rye bread, and Spritz cookies at Christmas time.  Her husband Paul always asked, “What kind of pie do we have tonight?”  She knitted over 18 afghans for family and friends over the years.  She and long time friends played cards (pinochle and 500) for many years, sharing many memories among the families.  Wilma and Paul traveled around the country to visit family and friends from the Land Improvement Contractors Association.  Those memories always brought her joy.

No services are scheduled at this time but will be announced at a later date.

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