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    Oklee - Clara Bjerklie-Peterson, 93, of Oklee, formerly of Trail, died on Saturday March 17, 2012 at her home at the Freedom Living Center in Oklee.
    Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 21 (today) at 10:30 a.m. at Nazareth Lutheran Church rural Trail, with Rev. Joseph Abrahamson officiating. Casket bearers include Clara’s grandchildren Allie Enge, Aric Bjerklie, Lucas Bjerklie, Kelly Melin, Matthew Bjerklie, Emily Magnell, Christopher Bjerklie, Jami Eischens, Bryan Bjerklie, Cory Marquis, Andrea Halvorson, Megan Erickson, Derek Fast, Melissa Fast and Blake Bjerklie. Honorary casket bearers include all who considered Clara a friend, along with the Freedom Living Staff and residents. Interment will be held at the Nazareth Church Cemetery.
    Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.
    Clara Viola Mostrom was born June 27, 1918 in Neptune, daughter of the late John and Helene (Arveson) Mostrom. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She attended Woodview School in Hickory Township. Clara worked as a housekeeper, and in bakeries in Duluth and Thief River Falls. During World War II she worked as a welder in the shipyards in Seattle, Wash.
    On June 10, 1946 she was united in marriage to Ludvig Bjerklie at the parsonage in Trail, by Rev. Lee. The couple lived and farmed by Trail, in Hickory Township. To this union, six children were born. Lewie passed away on April 17, 1971.
    Clara remarried to Kenneth Peterson on November 19, 1983 at the parsonage in Gully. With her second marriage, Clara gained another son, Leon Peterson. Kenneth died at the VA Hospital in Fargo, N.D., on April 3, 1994.
    Clara worked for the CETA program for Inter-County Community Council, worked on the assembly line at Arctic Cat for Lyle Mandt chicken farm and also worked very hard on the farm taking care of any job that needed to be done. She moved to Valley Home in Thief River Falls March of 2010 and the Freedom Living Center in Oklee Nov. 12, 2010, where she has since resided.
    Clara enjoyed crocheting, flower and vegetable gardening, baking and cooking. She made many donuts, cookies and brownies. She was a gracious hostess and welcomed all through her door with a cup of coffee. Clara lived for her family and doted on each and every one of them.
    Clara was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church and the ladies aid, the Sons Of Norway and the VFW Auxiliary of Trail.
    She is survived by her children Rodney (Cheryl) Bjerklie of Trail, Bruce (Renae) Bjerklie of Goodridge, Richard (Joni) Bjerklie of Trail, Renae (Gene) Marquis of Goodridge, Janelle (Craig) Fast of Big Lake, and Leon Peterson of Gully; grandchildren, Allie (Aaron) Enge, Lucas (Sarah) Bjerklie, Aric Bjerklie, Kelly (Greg) Melin, Matthew (Kristen) Bjerklie, Emily (Isaac) Magnell, Christopher (special friend Kristy Nelson) Bjerklie, Jami (fiancé Rich Hendrickson) Eischens, Bryan Bjerklie, Cory Marquis, Andrea (Cody) Halvorson, Megan (Nick) Erickson, Derek Fast and Melissa Fast; great-grandchildren, Blake and Rylie Bjerklie, Hannah and Nolan Enge, Gerald, Oliver and Emmitt Melin, Kia and Cali Green, Liza Bjerklie, Clowie, Eli and Liam Magnell, Lawren and Lizzy Wadena, Emma and Natalee Eischens, Ava and Julia Halvorson; and one brother Ernest (Lorraine) Mostrom of Trail.
    She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ludvig Bjerklie and Kenneth Peterson; son (Larry) Duane Bjerklie; grandson Ryan Lynn Bjerklie, sisters Hilma Wilson, Cora Oftelie, Ruth Wilson, Myrtle Gulseth, Ida Haugen; one sister in infancy; and brothers William, Albert and Orben Mostrom.
    Family condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.     A00003B2012MR21
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