Melvin was born May 14, 1912 in Bethel, Minn. to J.W. and Lydia (Soderberg) Bodine. Genevieve was born January 31, 1915 in Farmington, Minn. to Oakley and Inez (Miller) Boyd.
On January 14, 1939 they were united in marriage in Austin, Minn. They were longtime residents of the Bethel area, where they raised their two daughters. Mev and Gen farmed in the Bethel area until 1958 when Melvin began working for Metropolitan District Mosquito Control. Genevieve drove school bus for the St. Francis School District for over 15 years. After retiring they spent many winters in San Juan, Texas. They also enjoyed spending time with family at the cabin on Rabbit Lake near Aitkin. In 2000 they moved to Cambridge and purchased a town home at River Hills, and would later reside in the assisted living portion of River Hills. They enjoyed entertaining friends and spending time with their family.
They are survived by their two daughters Binie Bertils and husband Bob Schwartz of Oak Grove, Shirley and husband Gary Carlson of Sunriver, Oregon, four grandchildren Mark Bertils, Wendy Bergstrom, David (Karen) Carlson, Jodi Carlson, five great grandchildren Sarah Bertils, Rachel Nichols, Nathan Bergstrom, Natalie Carlson, Abby Carlson, Melvin’s nephew Robert Wicklander of Friendswood, Texas, Genevieve’s sisters Floa Finholdt of Owatonna, Iva Nere of Mankato, and brother Ralph Boyd of Dundas, as well and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service celebrating their lives will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge with Rev. Hilton Hammer officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Dennis Johnson, accompanied by Ginger Lagergren will provide the special music. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Bertils, David Carlson, Gordon Grant, and Brad Videen. Interment will be in the West Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials are preferred. Arrangements are with the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.