MARGARET E. BARK \n \n Margaret Evelyn Bark, age 95, of Menomonie, WI passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2009 with family by her side, at Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. \n \n Margaret was born in Viking, Alberta, Canada to Eilert and Marie (Aamodt) Solstad on November 5, 1914. She grew up in Viking where she attended elementary school and high school. She then went to Camrose Lutheran College in Camrose, Alberta which she thoroughly enjoyed and made good friends with whom she kept in contact the rest of her life. \n \n When her family moved to Woodville, Wisconsin and bought a fine farm and home Margaret went with them. She helped her mother in every way she could to care for the family. They joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church south of Baldwin. Margaret took part in church activities. \n \n Margaret married Axel Bark and together they raised their three children Linda, Margaret and Michael. Margaret thoroughly loved her children and carefully cared for them. After living in Baldwin where Axel worked in his brother's bakery they bought a bakery in Glenwood City. Their next move was to buy a bakery in Menomonie which they named Bark's Bake Shoppe. For a number of years they operated it with Axel's cousin Ernie Markgren and his wife Ellen. Margaret and Axel worked very hard to make it a success which they did for over 43 years. \n \n When they came to Menomonie they joined Our Savior's Lutheran Church and became active members. Axel helped with a building program, Margaret with teaching Sunday School. Her strong Christian faith and church were important to her. She sang in the choir for many years which was a great and enriching experience for her. Margaret was a member of the Reading Club and Women's Circles. She also worked with Our Savior's Girl Scout groups. \n \n She helped with community groups such as the Mabel Tainter Historical Society and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Margaret was proud of her Norwegian heritage and culture and became a member of Sons of Norway Solheim Lodge. \n \n When Axel retired he and Margaret spent summers at their cottage on the south shore of Lake Superior near Cornucopia where Axel grew up. Axel enjoyed fishing and boating while Margaret enjoyed reading and painting scenes of Lake Superior. \n Margaret and Axel especially enjoyed their grandchildren and gave them special loving attention whenever they could. Visiting with friends and relatives over a cup of coffee with delicious food she made, gave Margaret a lot of joy. She liked to bake and cook and was very good at it. She liked to read cookbooks and try new recipes. Margaret and her husband welcomed guests and there was always room for one more at the table. She enjoyed planning lovely birthday and tea parties. \n \n Margaret had a friendly, kind and endearing personality which made her a special person to her family and friends. \n \n When Margaret passed away a prayer service was held November 22 for her family with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. \n \n Margaret is survived by her children, Linda Bark of Anchorage, Alaska, Margaret Hahn (Allen) of Pacific Junction, Iowa, Michael Bark (Colleen) of Washburn, WI, as well as grandchildren, Kari Lueck, Shane Lueck (Karin), Bryan Johnson (Jill), Lorie Nielson (Scott), Amy Nissinne (Eric) and Matthew Bark, besides eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Herba Solstad of Menomonie and her brother Dr. Arnold Solstad (Mildred) of Mission, Texas, besides a number of nieces and nephews and also cousins in U.S.A. and Norway. \n She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Axel, her parents, her brother Irving Solstad and an infant sister. \n \n There will be a Memorial Service at 11:00 am Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menomonie, with Pastor Roy Harrisville officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery also in Menomonie.