Elda Bjork


Elda BjorkElda Bjork age 93 of St. Paul, formerly of Redwood Falls, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at Lyngblomsten Care Center in St. Paul while surrounded by family.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday 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.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elda was born October 8, 1924 in Odessa, MN the oldest of thirteen children to Leverne & 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, SD.  From 1950 to 1967, she worked at several nursing homes.  She then worked at the Veterinarian Clinic in Lamberton from 1967 to 1989.  Elda then moved to Redwood Falls, where she provided daycare for fourteen 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, & Mavis (Gary) Hardenburgh of Mounds View; grandchildren: Cathy, Lee, Evon, Tammy, Tom, Mike, Jerry, Lee, Lana, D’Lynn, Tim & Jim; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; siblings: Elnora (Chad) Orton of California, Lucille Hansen of Canby, Pearl (David) Gednalske of Rapid City, SD & Donald Schake of Madison, MN; 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, & Lawrence and sisters: Marie, Gladys & Irene.


  1. Tammy Hardenburgh says

    Grandma – I miss you already and wanted to let you know how much you are loved by us all. We know you are in Heaven with Grandpa, Bob, Hans and everyone else. I am sure they all were there to welcome you. You are now out of pain and now can dance again and rejoice!. The love you had for each and everyone one of your family is a testament to the person you were. It was your love that surrounded us that makes us the people we are today. We all love you and know that you are watching over us. RIP Grandma.

  2. Pearl & Dave Gednalske says

    My dear sister, I will miss you forever and ever. I am so grateful you were in my life and my life would not be the same without you. I can only cherish my memories and my thoughts wander off to many, many happy and silly moments. It helps a lot to know you are in God’s hands and I will hold you in my heart forever. I’ll wipe away the tears knowing you are out of any pain and suffer no more. The world lost a “great and wonderful person” the day we lost you. In my thoughts forever. Love you much!! sis Pearl and Dave

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