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 Clara O. <I>Johnson</I> Bjorge King

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Clara O. Johnson Bjorge King

  • Birth 19 Sep 1919 Rushford, Fillmore County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 22 Sep 2004 Onalaska, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Burial Houston, Houston County, Minnesota, USA
  • Memorial ID 113077239

Onalaska, Wis. - Clara O. (Bjorge) King, 85, of Onalaska died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at the Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska.

Clara was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Rushford, Minn., to Gustav and Bertha (Gaustad) Johnson. On Nov. 23, 1940, she married Kenneth Bjorge in Rushford, and he precedes her in death. They raised turkeys in the Rushford area before moving to La Crosse. Clara was employed at Auto Lite in La Crosse. She was a cook at Ardies Restaurant and various other restaurants including the City Cafe in Whitehall, Wis. Clara married James King in 1990 and he preceded her in death in 1999.

Clara is survived by her children, Kermit (Linda) Bjorge of San Antonio, Texas, Karen (Ernest) Smith of La Crosse, James (Joyce) Bjorge of Albuquerque, N.M., and they also took in a special daughter, Joyce (Dan) Olloff of La Crosse; 19 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husbands, Clara was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Olaf Johnson, who died at Pearl Harbor; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Beulah (Carl) Olson, and Alma (Francis) Drake.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Oak Grove Chapel, 1407 La Crosse St., La Crosse. Pastor David J. Baldukas from Olivet Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Stone Church Cemetery, Sheldon Township, Houston County, Minn. Friends may call at Oak Grove Chapel from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Woodruff-Jandt Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A special Thank-You to everyone at the Onalaska Care Center, who knew, cared for, and loved Clara. You were all very special to her.

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  • Created by: Renae Larson
  • Added: 29 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113077239
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clara O. Johnson Bjorge King (19 Sep 1919–22 Sep 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113077239, citing Stone Church Cemetery, Houston, Houston County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Renae Larson (contributor 47223970) .