Wanda R. Bergstrom

Sep 27, 2021
Bergstrom, Wanda


11:00 AM, Monday, October 4, 2021, at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church (please wear pink), 1307 W Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo.


Visitation: 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo.


Family burial will be at a later date in Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo.


Memorials to the family.


Wanda R. Bergstrom, 72, of Waterloo, died Monday, September 27, at her home. She was born November 7, 1948, in Waterloo, daughter of William R. and Mary L. (King) Iehl.

Wanda graduated from East High School in 1966 and then earned her degree in Vocational Home Economics from the University of Northern Iowa in 1971. Over the years, Wanda taught Food and Nutrition at Waterloo West High School; Malumghat, Bangladesh; Hobart, IN; San Diego, CA; Anaheim, CA; Olympia, WA; Hobart, IN; Mishawaka, IN; South Bend, IN; and Agape Christian School, Cedar Falls. Later she worked as an office assistant at Sayer Law Group and finished as librarian at the Waterloo Christian School. Being the librarian was the best last job she could have. Wanda was always reading a book.

She married James C. “Jim” Bergstrom III on August 3, 1968, at the First Baptist Church, Waterloo.  He died June 4, 2014.  

She was a longtime member of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church where she volunteered in several areas. 

Wanda is survived by her daughters: Julie and Anna Bergstrom, both of Waterloo; son, David Bergstrom of Minneapolis, MN; twin granddaughters, Lauren and Rachel; sister: Paula Nielsen of Waterloo; 4 brothers, Calvin (Deb) Iehl of Cedar Falls and Marshal Iehl, Rex (Jerri) Iehl and Chris (Diane) Iehl, all of Waterloo; sisters-in-law, Joan “Jo” Iehl of Waterloo and Jane Bergstrom Rademacher of Norfolk, NE.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James C. “Jim” and son, Brent; brother, Ray Iehl; brother-in-law, Larry Nielsen; nieces, Traci and Ami Iehl; and nephew, Brad Nielsen.

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  1. Becky Struve | Sep 30, 2021
    I remember Wanda from East High.  She and I graduated the same year.
  2. Sylvia Silver | Sep 30, 2021
    Julie & Anna.  You have been in my thoughts and prayers the last few weeks.  I have so many memories of your Mom & Dad at LaMesa Christian School, Jericho Road Baptist Church, and Victory Baptist in Anaheim.   have had a few really good friends over the years and I count your Mom as one of them.  When you guys moved my heart was broken loosing such good friends but I know they were following God's leading.  Prayers for you in the coming weeks, months, and years.
  3. Barb | Sep 30, 2021
    I worked with Wanda at Sawyer Law Office.  She was one of the best people of the saddest place I have ever worked.  She will be truly missed.  Be peaceful
  4. Karen Billings | Sep 30, 2021
    Wanda was my friend.. mentor.. prayer sister… co teacher… and friend.  She will be sorely missed by her family abd friends  and students all over the world. Our blessed hope is Heaven.  And seeing each again. 

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