Rosalie (Onstad) Bjorlo

Thank you Rich and Rosalie Bjorlo for their foresight in capturing this wonderful video of Rosalie Bjorlo in March of 2011. Rosalie not only tells her lovely story, but also the story of so many of our common Spring Grove and Black Hammer ancestors, complete with pictures. Special thanks to Katie Wiste for editing this piece.


Rosalie C. Bjorlo, 104, of Spring Grove died Friday, July 3, 2015, at Lake Winona Manor in Winona, Minn.

Rosalie was born Oct. 26, 1910, in Blackhammer, Minn., to Peter C. and Jorgina (Suldahl) Onstad. She was raised in Blackhammer and graduated from high school and normal school in Spring Grove. Rosalie taught at several country schools in Southeast Minnesota. On July 20, 1940, Rosalie was united in marriage with Clarence Bjorlo in Seattle. In 1943, she and Clarence moved back to Spring Grove to raise their family. Family and faith were the centerpieces of Rosalie’s life.

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