Ruth Bakken Bjorgo, 87, of Fridley

Published 9:26am Friday, May 10, 2013 Updated 11:27am Friday, May 10, 2013

Ruth Bjorgo, formerly of Fergus Falls, died at Unity Hospital on May 7, 2013, with the love of her family surrounding her.0510.obit.Bjorgo

Ruth Malinda Olson was born on March 10, 1926, in Maplewood Township, the daughter of Otto and Effie Olson. She graduated from Underwood High School.

On June 24, 1945, Ruth married Arthur Bakken at Hedemarken Lutheran Church. They were married for 42 years, and were blessed with six children.

Art and Ruth lived in Fergus Falls, but enjoyed summers at their lake home on Wall Lake. They eventually built a home on Wall Lake and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and the peacefulness of the lake until Art passed away in 1988.

Ruth retired as Deputy Auditor from the Ottertail County Courthouse in Fergus Falls.

Ruth was blessed with another marriage on Aug. 1, 1992, to Lewis Bjorgo. They grew up as neighbors in Phelps Mill, and their friendship blossomed to a wonderful life together for 15 years. They traveled together to many 1st Marine Conventions throughout the United States, a trip to Norway, and spent winters as snowbirds in Weslaco, Texas.

Lewis passed away in 2007.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, where she participated in the Ladies Aid group. She volunteered at Lake Region Hospital. Ruth and Art were actively involved with the VFW Post 612. She was a member and past president of the auxiliary. They were also members of the Elks club.

Ruth is survived by daughter Jacki (Bruce) Wanless of Davenport, Florida, son-in-law Ray Murray of Fergus Falls, son Steven (Yvette) Bakken of Lewisburg Tennessee, son Terry (Stef Kasper) Bakken of Battle Lake, and daughter Julie (David) Speller of Blaine, Minnesota; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Bette Friedrich and Elda Huffman.

Preceding her in death were her parents Otto and Effie Olson; husbands Arthur Bakken and Lewis Bjorgo; daughter Donna Murray; son Duane Bakken; sisters Gladys Kuryatnik, Eunice Lyngaas, and Olga Shay; brothers Weldon Olson, Otto Olson and Mandus Olson; and great-grandchildren McKayla and Megan Klimek.

Visitation: Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., at funeral home, Fergus Falls, and one hour prior to services at the church

Service: 11 a.m. Monday, at First Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls

Clergy: Rev. Saul Stensvaag

Burial: First Lutheran North Cemetery, Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls



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