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Mabel Bjerke, 93, of Northwood, ND passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:30a.m. at Washington Lutheran Church, rural Northwood. A visitation will be held Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. at the Bilden Funeral Home in Northwood.
Mabel was born September 23, 1920, the youngest child of Carl William and Olga Hanson on their farm east of Hatton, ND. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Hatton. On June 9, 1939, Mabel married Palmer Bjerke at St. John parsonage. They were married almost 54 years.
Mabel worked on the family farm, at Strandeâs Bakery, operated the lunch counter at the bowling alley in Northwood and worked at the Northwood Post Office until retirement.
Mabel was an active member of Washington Lutheran Church, WELCA, and Eastern Star. She enjoyed time with family and friends, playing bridge, watching birds, planting flowers, and spending winters in Texas and Arizona.
Survivors include her sons: Mervyn (Ruth Ann) Bjerke, Gary (Sandra) Bjerke; grandchildren: Wendy (Tim), Ted (Samar) Diane (Mike); granddaughter-in-law Sara (Mike); great-grandchildren: Grace, Jack, Tommy, Anna, Mina, Ali, Ellen, Weston, Collin, and Carson; sister-in-law, Esther Bjerke; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death was her husband Palmer, parents, brother Walter, sister Phyllis, and grandson Steven.
Clergy: Rev. Brad Pearson
Soloist: Virgil Sheggerud
Organist: Diane Nelson
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