BARK RIVER - 'Tis the season to be jolly and celebrate. And so he did - Ivan Sundquist celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday, Dec. 15, with over 300 friends and family members in attendance.
The event was held at the Bark River Senior Center where guests came as far as Kansas, South Carolina, Baraboo, Madison, and Milwaukee, Wis. and the surrounding communities.
The son of Louis and Carolina (Larson) Sundquist, Louis was born on Dec. 15, 1912, on the family homestead, South of Bark River, as was all his family. He was the eighth of nine siblings, Edwin, Ellen, Helding, Walter, Mabel, Ralph, Aurthur, and Elmer.
Ivan Sundquist of Bark?River is pictured at his 100th birthday party in mid-December at the Bark River Senior Center. In lieu of gifts, guests to Sundquist’s party were asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to area food pantries.
Ivan was married to May Tweedale for 62 years. She passed away in 1999. They are the parents of four children, Donna (Ray) Charboneau of Bark River, Louis (Carol) Sundquist of Oconomowac, Jill (Abe) Getzloff of Bark River, and Jackie (Dave) Harris of Baraboo, Wis., all of whom attended his birthday celebration.
He also has 14 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
He is a member of the United Methodist Church in Bark River, where he sang in the choir for years. Ivan was employed with the Bark River Culvert Equipment Company, retiring in 1978.
Since his retirement he has been active with the Bark River Senior Citizens serving as treasurer.
He still resides in the home he built with his daughter, Jill and her husband, Abe.
Over his 100 years he has seen many changes in lifestyles. Ivan has often said, "We don't do a lot of things like we used to, but that's okay. Life is good."