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Hazel Laurean (Sistad) Bjorge, age 97

Hazel Laurean (Sistad) Bjorge, age 97, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Buxton, ND, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Woodside Village in Grand Forks, ND.

Hazel was born on February 5, 1918 on the family farm in Benville Township in Beltrami County, MN to the late Joel Melvin and Mina “Minnie” Tolena (Bye) Sistad.  She was raised on the family farm and attended country school.  She moved from Grygla, MN to Buxton area around 1937 to work on the Tom Carson farm.  It was in this time that she met the love of her life Ardell Hamlin Bjorge and the couple was united in marriage on July 30, 1938 in Crookston, MN.  Afterwards, the couple settled in Buxton where they farmed their entire lives and raised their 8 children.  They retired from farming in 1982 but remained on the farm and travelled all over the United States during the winter months until Ardell passed away on April 29, 1993.  Hazel then remained on the farm until the fall of 2013 when she relocated to Valley 4000 in Grand Forks, ND.

Hazel is survived by her children, Marlys Erickson of East Grand Forks, MN; Audrey (Merlyn) Nettum of Cummings, ND; Karlyn (Marvin) Gunderson of Laguna Niguel, CA; Chyril (Vincent) Goldade of Grand Forks, ND; Sandra (Gerald) Floberg of Dilworth, MN; David (Lenora) Bjorge of Buxton, ND; and Danny (Arlene) Bjorge of Buxton, ND; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Alma (Marvin) Foss of Mentor, MN and Adeline Willard) Sletten of Thief River Falls, MN; sister-in-laws, Lottie and Bernice Sistad, both of Thief River Falls, MN and Florence (Roy) Wegge of Fargo, ND; and many more nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband Ardell Bjorge; son, Alden “Sonny” Bjorge; parents, Joel and Mina Sistad; and brothers, Marvin (Alice), Palmer (LaVonna), James (Gladys), Arvid, and Stewart Sistad; son-in-law, Martin “Bubs” Erickson; and sister-in-laws, Alvina (Sy) Williams; and Kathleen (Ed) Seaburg.

Funeral Service:  11:00 am ~ Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Climax Lutheran Church 408 Riverside St, Climax, MN 56523


Visitation: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ~ Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Climax Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 6:30 pm


Interment:  Ringsaker Cemetery ~ Rural Buxton, ND


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Arrangements By:  Dahl Funeral Home ~ East Grand Forks, Minnesota

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