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Esther Bjerke

Esther Bjerke, 94, of Northwood, ND passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6:00p.m. at Washington Lutheran Church, rural Northwood. A visitation will be held Friday, June 6, 2014 from 4:00p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Esther Sorlien was born January 29, 1920 in Ypsilanti, ND to Peder and Gina (Erickson) Sorlien. She grew up and attended school in Hatton, ND. Esther was confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church, rural Hatton. On October 12, 1938, Esther married Carl Bjerke. She was a full time partner with him on the farm. They farmed around rural Northwood until 1964 until moving to Northwood. Carl and Esther enjoyed spending their winters in Texas. Some of Esther's hobbies include golfing, bowling, quilting, and playing bridge.

Survivors include her son Keith (Marian) Bjerke, Casselton, ND; grandchildren: Cari (Tom) Middelkamp, Mankato, MN, Patti (Lincoln) Bathie, Fargo, ND, Chris (Sandi) Bjerke, Moorhead, MN, Deb (Harwood) Warnsholz, Fargo, ND; great-grandchildren: Cody (Ashley) Middelkamp, Aurora, CO, Matthew Middelkamp, Mankato, MN, Michael Middelkamp, Mankato, MN, McKinnon Bathie, Fargo, ND, Scobie Bathie, Fargo, ND, Aaron Bjerke, Moorhead, MN, Noah Bjerke, Moorhead, MN, Micah Bjerke, Northwood, ND, Emma Ness, Fargo, ND, Sam Warnsholz, Fargo, ND; Sisters: Ruth Berge and Vivian (Melvin) Strande; Esther is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Carl, brothers: Martin (Luella) Sorlien, Gilbert (Alice) Sorlien, Nordeen (Judy) Sorlien, Virgil (Julie) Sorlien, infant brother Russell; Sisters: Hazel (Albert) Bjerke, Pearl (Francis) Hanson, Elinor (Lawrence) Schultz, Leonna (Calmer) Verke and brother-in-law Julius Berge.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Washington Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.

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Esther will be missed by so many. My memories of her are, always wearing a friendly smile, always there for important events for family , and always having a ear to listen. Myron

Myron Sorlien Jun 26 2014 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the Bjerke family. May God bless you in your memories of Esther.

Greg Nelson, AgCountry Director Jun 11 2014 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Blessings, Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller Jun 9 2014 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers with you all.

Shawn Thorvilson Jun 6 2014 12:00 AM

I remember, as a child, Carl and Esther were always visiting Albert and Grace (my grandparents) in Fergus Falls. They came to many of my family's special occasions including graduations and birthdays In the evenings she and grandma would start a game of cards, have dessert and coffee and talk about anything and everything. Esther always wore that wonderful smile and I have kept that smile in my mind for many years. That smile will be missed but held in our hearts forever.

Mary (O'Meara) Carda Jun 5 2014 12:00 AM

To my loving grandmother. We will miss you dearly.

Tom and Cari (Bjerke) Middelkamp Jun 3 2014 12:00 AM