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Colleen Ibberson

Colleen Ibberson age 89, of Sleepy Eye, MN, died on December 20, 2020, at Sleepy Eye Care Center.

Visitation will be on Saturday, December 26, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.

Memorial Service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, MN, on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm.

Covid-19 rules and regulations will be followed including social distancing and use of masks.

The clergy will be Pastor Nathan Luong.

Interment will be at the Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Colleen Ann Ibberson was born on March 25, 1931 in Sleepy Eye, MN. She grew up in Sleepy Eye and was a foster child of the Leo and Melinda Wersal family NW of Sleepy Eye. She graduated from St Mary’s High School in 1949. On Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th of 1951, she married William Ibberson, Jr at the Union Congregational Church in Sleepy Eye and they later became members of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Colleen and Bill had 4 children and they made their home in Sleepy Eye all their lives.
Colleen loved nature and spent many hours in her flower gardens for relaxation as well as enjoying the singing of the birds which she said were saying rejoice and be glad each day. She loved to sing and was a member of the church choir and a soloist though out the years. She was an officer of the Congregational Church and in charge of the alter flowers for many years.
Colleen worked at the Palace Shoe & Clothing in Sleepy Eye, starting when she was in high school and continued until the store closed about 50 years later. She so enjoyed meeting people and greeted them with a bright smile and a twinkle in her eye, while helping them pick out the perfect clothing piece for their individual needs. She modeled for many of the annual style shows and she was always impeccably dressed and perfectly made up.
She was proud of her activities in the Fraternal Organization of the Easter Star, a church and community service organization, where she was a local chapter officer and a State of Minnesota Officer. She was a devoted mother and wife and gave selflessly to her family. She enjoyed organizing and hosting family gatherings for her immediate and extended family. She loved her grandchildren and attended many of their school activities throughout the years.
Colleen is survived by her 4 children: Lee (Beverly) Ibberson, Paulette (Greg) Grausam, Jeff (Lisa) Ibberson and Sue (Jerry) Forster. She also is survived by 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Grand children: Chris Ibberson, Terry Ibberson, Faye Nelson, Matthew Grausam, Mark Grausam, Anna Ibberson, Mya Ibberson, Kallie Forster, Megan Forster, Mackena Forster.
Colleen was preceded in death by her husband William (Bill) Ibberson, Jr in 2003.

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