Jonas was quite a man. He was a genius and was known throughout the country for his fine collection of copper pieces, most of which he made himself. He also had an extensive collection of Indian artifacts. He lived in Bishop Hill, Illinois all of his life. He also held several of original Olof Kranz paintings valued at hundred's of thousand's of dollars. A pioneer in many fields himself, he was known far and wide for his expertise in so many areas. He was married to Pauline and had two twin daughters: Alfva and Alfhild. They went on to take care of he and his wife in their declining years. Upon Alfhild's death from Alzheimer's, and without any control of the family, his collection was sold at an auction. The auction was two days long and was enormous that it was held at the National Guard Armory. Swedish dignitaries came from far and wide just to view his collection. The chance to buy it was even more exciting and they came with hefty wallets. Unfortunately due to meddlesome neighbors and distant family members, much of the families rightful inheritance was sold to strangers. Many of the pieces on the block were priceless and irreplaceable. The onyl consulation to the family is that most of those items now are housed in museum's throughout the country.
Sotheby's in NYC did auction off several other pieces from his collection, including a chair from the early folk-art period.
Surviving Jonas are his granddaughter: Ona Noel (husband Tom), grandson: Richard Borg, and five grandchildren including: Leah Noel, Shana Noel and Brandi Fitzpatrick. One grandson is with him in heaven: Brent A. Noel.
Pauline A Bergren (1869 - 1960)*
Alfva Christine Bergren Borg (1906 - 2000)*
Bishop Hill Cemetery
Plot: Northeast Section
Created by: Brandi Fitzpatrick
Record added: May 06, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10923207