Lois Bjorlie, 100, sister of Harmony resident
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 3:28 AM
Lois Gertrude Brenna Bjorlie, 100, died surrounded by family on Sunday morning in her home at the Northfield Retirement Community.
She was born July 9, 1913, in Adams and grew up in Harmony.
She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, graduating in 1935. She went on to receive a masters degree in English at Drake University in Des Moines.
She married the Rev. Leo Orville Bjorlie in 1944 and served side-by-side with him in numerous parishes throughout North Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. They raised six wonderful children and were always enthusiastic supporters of their children, 16 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
On her 100th birthday, the Northfield mayor declared July 9 Lois Brenna Bjorlie Day in recognition of her countless contributions to the community.
Her family knew her as the "World's Best Mom," a champion turkey stuffer and baker and the inventor of the widely renowned Mama's Special. Friends, family and even strangers were welcomed by her hospitality as she fed them with a kind spirit and fabulous home-cooked meals. She also served as the St. Olaf registrar and as an English teacher to young girls in her career.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Leo; sister, Esther Burmeister of Harmony; children, Ellen (James) Ellickson of Eden Valley, Leo (Carol) Bjorlie of Asheville, N.C., John (Cynthia) Bjorlie of Gloucester, Mass., Lois Bjorlie (Corey Mohan) of St. Paul and Ruthie (David) Neuger, of Northfield and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her sister, Ruth; brothers, Oscar and Harold and son, Mark Bjorlie.
Her funeral will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Memorials may be directed toward St. Olaf College in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.