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Bjorling, Lowell Edmond
Lowell Edmond Bjorling, age 88, of Rural Altona, Illinois died on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 6:30 A.M. at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, Illinois.

Lowell was born in Walnut Grove Township to Edmond and Delphia Bjorling on December 25, 1922. He attended Brown School and graduated from Walnut Grove Township High School in 1941. Not eligible for military service due to a prior eye injury, he attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, IL for two years. While at Blackburn College, he met Helen Dale Mathis whom he later married on April 29, 1944. They settled near Altona, where he farmed for more than 50 years. After the death of Helen on April 1, 1980, he married Mary Roesner on October 8, 1983. They resided on the farm originally owned by his father and mother between Altona and Galva until the time of his death. In addition to his beloved wife Mary, he is survived by daughter Jean (Bob) Young, Ghana, Africa, and sons Russell (Carol) Bjorling, Neponset, IL and Dale (Nanci) Bjorling, Madison, WI. He is also survived by granddaughters Elizabeth and Amanda and grandsons Eric and Christopher, and a great-granddaughter Gwendolyn. His passing is mourned by a step-son Stan (Sue) Roesner, Geneseo, IL, and 4 step-daughters, Lori (Dave) Bruning, Matherville, IL, Julie (Mike) Fowler, Illinois City, IL, Holly (Dave) Carlson, Matherville, IL, and Mary Kae (Mike) Cameron, Altona, and their 14 children and 11 grandchildren. Farming, his family, and his church were his life-long passions, and he served several years as President of the Henry County Farm Bureau and on the Boards of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Country Companies, Henry County, and the Bishop Hill Heritage Society. He was also a member of the Bishop Hill VASA Lodge.

Visitation will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona from 4:00-7:00 pm on Monday, December 19, 2011 and a Service honoring his life will be held at the Church at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Memorial donations can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona or the Galesburg Rescue Mission.
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