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Elda (Schake) Bjork


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Elda (Schake) Bjork Obituary
Elda Bjork, 93, of St. Paul, formerly of Redwood Falls, passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 at Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul while surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10. 2018 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Interment is in the Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Memorials are preferred to Lyngblomsten Care Center in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elda was born October 8, 1924 in Odessa the oldest of 13 children to Leverne and Louise (Steffen) Schake. She was baptized May 10, 1925 and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Elda attended school at Bellingham and Louisburg.
On September 3, 1949, Elda was united in marriage to Vernon Bjork in Milbank, S.D. From 1950-67, she worked at several nursing homes. She then worked at the Veterinarian Clinic in Lamberton from 1967-89. Elda then moved to Redwood Falls, where she provided daycare for 14 years.
After retiring in 1997, she continued babysitting for the next seven years.
On February 5, 2018, Elda moved to St. Paul to be closer to her family. Elda loved spending time with her family at the cabin on Lake Shetek. She always prepared a large meal on Sundays for whoever could stop in. Elda was always busy crocheting dish towels and making baby blankets.
She enjoyed reading and playing cards. Elda also loved spending time in her garden, caring for her flowers and vegetables.
Elda is survived by her children: Shirley (Larry) Lofgren of Chisago City, Bill Bjork of Spicer, Margaret Taylor of Luverne and Mavis (Gary) Hardenburgh of Mounds View; grandchildren: Cathy, Lee, Evon, Tammy, Tom, Mike, Jerry, Lee, Lana, D'Lynn, Tim and Jim; many great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Elnora (Chad) Orton of California, Lucille Hansen of Canby, Pearl (David) Gednalske of Rapid City, S.D. and Donald Schake of Madison and many other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Vernon, sons Robert and Don Bjork, grandson Hans, grandson in law Dale Dickmeyer, great-grandson Zach, brothers: Ernie, Ben, Alvin and Lawrence and sisters: Marie, Gladys and Irene.
Published in Redwood Falls Gazette from Aug. 9 to Aug. 16, 2018
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