Carroll Bjorklund of Pine City passed away Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis at the age of 86.
Carroll Jean Vogt was born Sept. 2, 1932, to Sterling and Elizabeth (LaBarge) Vogt in Walker, Minnesota, the youngest of seven children. Carroll attended school and graduated from Walker High School. She moved to Ohio and worked as a receptionist for the Export/Import Company of George H. Nowling.
In June of 1965 Carroll married Ron Bjorklund and so began a journey of happiness and togetherness that lasted 45-1/2 years until Ron’s death in 2011.
Carroll began working with Ron at the construction company he’d started prior to their marriage. It wasn’t unusual to see Carroll on the end of a rake or shovel or moving a backhoe or loader for Ron. Together they built Bjorklund Construction Company into a very successful business while raising two sons, David and Steve. Steven suffered a major stroke in 2006 and David passed away in 2014.
Carroll enjoyed reading, traveling, camping and hockey games. Ron and Carroll had two grandsons Todd and Eric that they also raised and became grandma/mother and grandpa/father and they loved every minute of that time. Both grandsons were in hockey from the age of five through high school. Ron and Carroll never missed a hockey game in all those years. Ron’s greatest pleasure was seeing their great-grandson Chase become a hockey player and going to his games. Even after Ron’s death Carroll continued to attend their great-grandson’s hockey games.
Throughout Carroll and Ron’s years together…if you saw one of them you saw the other. As the old saying goes, “They were joined at the hip.” Carroll often remarked she’d had a very good life with a wonderful husband and four wonderful boys.
Carroll is survived by her son Steve Bjorklund; grandsons Todd Bjorklund and Eric (Becky) Bjorklund, all of Pine City; granddaughter Alex Reaves of Duluth; great-grandchildren Chase Bjorklund, Emily Bjorklund, Ryan Bjorklund and Adam Bjorklund; brother Jim (Marilyn) Vogt of Hackensack; many other relatives and friends.
Carroll was preceded in death by her husband Ron, son David, parents Sterling and Elizabeth Vogt, brothers Edward, Earl and Richard Vogt; sisters Ruth Johns and Marie Fitzgerald.
Pastor Joel Preston officiated at funeral services for Carroll on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Swanson Funeral Chapel. Interment took place in Hilltop Cemetery, Pine City.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.