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Tordis Synove (Kristiansen) Kaczmarek
November 9, 1926 ~ April 26, 2021 (age 94)

Her Family has posted a lovely remembrance of Tordis on Youtube at:

Tordis is one of those people who you miss in your life when they are no longer with you. Endlessly kind and considerate of others, Tordis was the one who, on seeing a new member or guest at a meeting, would suggest "someone should go sit with them".  I remember her gently correcting my Norwegian as I made mistakes of all sorts.

There are multiple postings of her obituary on the Internet with slightly different content. A version is included below from and is their content but is included here in case it is not available in the future.

Condolences can be sent in care of
3825 Evesham Dr.
Plano, Tx. 75025

Tordis passed away Monday, April 26, 2021 at 9:22 am at her home in, Plano, TX.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1506 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN with  Rev. Walter Ciesla officiating. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Michigan City, Indiana. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm, Monday, May 3, 2021 and from 8:30 - 9:30 am, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Indiana.   

She was born November 9, 1926 in Oslo, Norway to the late Sigurd E. and Hjordis (Nilsen) Kristiansen. On January 31, 1948 in Michigan City, IN she married Edwin K. Dutkiewicz who preceded December 27, 1981. She later married  Eugene Kaczmarek in 1999 who preceded in 2014.

Surviving are son, Edwin (Catherine) Dutkiewicz Jr. of Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Denise (Randy) Smith of Plano, TX; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Jan Erik of Norway. She was preceded in death by 1 sister; 3 brothers; grandson, Nash.   

Tordis was a homemaker and was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and Sons of Norway for over 30 years. She enjoyed reading, watching old musicals on T.V., and baking Norwegian recipes.

Contributions may be made to March of Dimes, 919 E. Jefferson Blvd #101South Bend, IN 46617 or to , St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN 38105.

Remembering Lillian Berge.

Remembering Lillian Berge. BERGE, Lillian Agnes (nee Evenson), 93, of Wildwood, MO formerly of Huntley, IL. Loving mother of Wendy Berge Gray (fiancé Joseph Christopoulos), the late Eric Oscar Berge and Lisa Berge (Ronald Lee) Johnson. Former long devoted wife to Oscar J. Berge. Beloved grandmother of John-Austin Gray and Evan Oscar Gray. Dear eldest sister of the late Helen (late Edward) Froelich, the late Edward "Buddy" (late Emily) Evenson and Elese (late Joseph) Filepek.

Born in Sister Bay, WI, Lillian lived in Door County most of her childhood days. Lillian moved to Chicago's Northshore after honorably serving as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy in San Francisco, CA. She worked in the family business, Berge Builders and Gobe Management for over 30 years. Proud of her Norwegian heritage, she was active in the Skjold Lodge/ Sons of Norway and well known as "Lefse Lil".

Her true joy in life was being a devout Christian within her many church circles throughout her life. Her beautiful spirit is now at rest with her heavenly Father above, yet may it live through each of us.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to Foundation Baptist Church (204 Spring Street, Cary, IL. 60013). If this is not possible, an unexpected act of kindness for some unfortunate soul in her name would be heartfelt.

Family and friends are welcome to a private graveside service and internment at Mount Emblem Cemetery, 520 East Grand Avenue, Elmhurst, IL at 12:00 PM on September 21st, 2016.