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Rev. G. Harold Ahlberg dies at 86

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Rev. G. Harold Ahlberg, 86, of Valparaiso, formerly of Galesburg, Ill., died at 7:55 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2007 in V.N.A. Hospice, Valparaiso.

He was born July 17, 1920 in Worthington, Minn., the son of George Gustav and Freda Bloomgren Ahlberg, both of whom preceded him in death.

On June 16, 1945 in North Dakota, he married Ruth Apland who survives.

He is also survived by three sons, David (Mary Swanson) Ahlberg, of Du Bois, Pa., James ( Elaine Bloom) Ahlberg, Rochelle, Ill., and Jonathan (Carolyn Shogren) Ahlberg, Perrysburg, Ohio; a daughter, Natalie (Franklin) Firestone, of Porter. and eight grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, and three sisters.

Harold was a graduate of high school in Worthington, Minn. He received his BA from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. where he met his wife, Ruth. He graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, and went on to obtain his Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

Harold served his internship for the ministry at the Covenant Church in Worcester, Mass. After being ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church of America, he served Covenant churches in North Easton, Mass., Minneapolis, Minn., Galesburg, Ill. and Dearborn, Mich. He also served as the Assistant Secretary of World Missions of the Evangelical Covenant Church and as a church planter in Plymouth, Mich. At the time of his death, he was Pastor Emeritus of the Galesburg Covenant Church, where he retained his membership.

In his later years he was active in the Kiwanis Club of Galesburg, the American Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity and Chrysalis.

Harold loved his family, friends and the Church. He loved taking his family camping to experience the splendor of God's creation. He made people feel comfortable, made his friends feel like family, and made his family feel safe and loved. If he touched your life, you loved him.

Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 11 in the Covenant Church. The Rev. Thomas Ek will officiate.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Covenant Church or the Galesburg Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Posted 6/7/2007