Michael Berglund, 56, dies

Michael Berglund, 56 passed away at his home in Gheen, MN, on Friday, December 2, 2016.
Michael was born December 10, 1959 in Ely, MN, to the late Bert Berglund and Joan (Zupec) Berglund Leustek.
Mike attended Ely Memorial until completion of high school, and joined the Army in August of 1978. He earned the rank of SP4, received an Expert Badge M-16, worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, and completed a Materials Quality Specialist Course. He was honorably discharged in 1981. He then worked in South Dakota for Braun Engineering for a few years, before moving back to Ely and working for his step-father Al Leustek in road construction.
Mike united in marriage to Dolores (Tomczak) Berglund on November 27, 1987 at his parents’ residence.
In December of 1991, Mike and his family moved to Little Falls, MN, where he continued to work road construction, often the job superintendent. Mike coached for Little Falls Youth Hockey from the Squirt level to Peewee. He loved teaching young players the game. He spent countless hours with his kids on the outdoor skating rink he made for them. He loved to play any kind of game with his kids, whether it was board games or playing a sport outside.
In 2012, after his divorce he moved to Gheen, MN. He resided in a home he always wanted, with lots of woods and land. Mike was an avid reader, and loved to garden, listen to music, watch birds and wildlife, and be out in nature.
Left to cherish his memory are his son, Izaak Berglund of Minneapolis, daughter Abigail Berglund of Sartell, mother of his children, Dolores Berglund of Little Falls, sister Barbara Berglund (Emily Wahlberg) of Ely, and many nieces and nephews, and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joan and Albert Leustek, and his sister Patti Sue Berglund.
Interment for Mike will be on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ely Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome to attend and following the service there will be a luncheon and Celebration of Life at his sister Barb’s home.