Elaine Bjelland, 1930-2015

Published 10:44 am Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Elaine June (Petersen) Bjelland, 85, formerly of Rochester died on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Ecumen Assisted Living in New Richland. Visitation for Elaine will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.

Elaine Bjelland

Elaine Bjelland

Elaine June (Petersen) Bjelland was born June 3, 1930, to David and Grace Marie (Christopherson) Petersen. She grew up and graduated from high school in Albert Lea.  On July 14, 1953, Elaine was united in marriage to Robert Bjelland at Calvary Baptist Church in Albert Lea. Elaine was employed as a dental assistant in Albert Lea and Rochester. She also worked at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester as a pacemaker lab technician. Elaine enjoyed babysitting for several families in Rochester. Elaine loved to be with her family and visiting with the children she babysat as they grew up. She enjoyed reading, embroidering and crafts.

Survivors include  son, Scott (Sue), of Devils Lake, North Dakota; grandson, Ethan, of Minneapolis; granddaughter, Erica, of Moorhead; sister, Patricia (Tom) Benson of Hartland; sister-in-law, Dorothy Petersen of Albert Lea; brother-in-law, Richard (Lea) Bjelland; and several nieces and nephews.

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Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert “Bob;” brothers Orville, Robert W. and Eugene Petersen; and sisters and brothers-in-law Doris (Paul) Coyle, Arline (Bud) Nelson and Donna ( Frank) Bartz.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW in Rochester, is handling the arrangements.