Orpha was born February 10, 1927, to Albert and Lennie (Tollefsrud) Bergrud in Spring Grove. Orpha married Iver Gulbranson on June 16, 1945. The couple owned and operated Gulbranson Lumber Company in Spring Grove. Iver preceeded Orpha in death on October 6, 1973. After Iver’s death Orpha continued to operate their business, later selling it and then working for Roverud Construction until her retirement. She later enjoyed being a hostess at the Ballard House in Spring Grove.
On December 6, 1975, she married Leland Weymiller. For 38 years they enjoyed dancing at Elmer’s Supper Club, watching Twins games and spending time with their families and friends. Orpha was also known for her beautiful rose garden and flowers, her love for the Minnesota Twins and Monday bingo.
Orpha is survived by her three daughters, Cheryl Gulbranson (Ginny Boldt), Highlandville, Iowa; Deborah (Wayne) Buxengard, Mabel, Minnesota; and their children Ryan (Beth) Buxengard, Grant and Simon of Hudson, Wisconsin; Brooke (Matthew) Garness and their children, Samuel and Henry of Mabel; Lynette (Merle) Landsom and their children, Tiffany (Christopher) Langen and Rylee Landsom, all of LaCrescent, Minnesota; Carole (Harlan) Yohe, Waukon, Iowa; Joyce (Melvin) Breezer, La Crescent; Gary (Diane) Weymiller, New Albin, Iowa and their families; two sisters, Mavis Arneson, Decorah, Iowa and Wanda (Eldie) Smith, Winona, Minnesota.
In addition to her husbands, Iver and Leland, she was preceeded in death by her brother, Archie Bergrud and her sisters Tinka Rud, Hazel Lundberg and Gyneth Brevig.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the compassionate care given to Orpha by the staff at Green Lea Manor during her four year stay.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pastor Zane Anderson will officiate. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Roble Funeral Home in Spring Grove and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.