Bernard Nordenstrom, of Mora, MN died on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the Foley Nursing Home in Foley, MN. He was 89 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES are scheduled for Friday, March 13th, 11:00 A.M. at Mora United Methodist Church in Mora. VISITATION will be on Thursday, March 12th from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 P.M.. Also visitation one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Bernard (Bernie) Willard Nordenstrom of Mora, Minnesota died at the Foley Nursing Center on March 5th 2009, at the age of 89.
Bernie was born in Wakefield, Michigan on November 16th, 1919 to JB and Selma (Breidimier) Nordenstom. He attended school in Pine and Kanabec counties until the sixth grade, at which time he went to work on the family farm. In 1934 the family moved into the town of Mora and Bernie worked on local construction projects. In 1940 Bernie went to California to work for the Lockheed Aircraft Company. In March of 1942 he was drafted into the Army, attending Gunnery Training, Radio and Engineering school. Upon passing the entrance exam for pilot training he was accepted into the cadet program. He was commissioned and received his wings at Ellington Field in Texas. Stationed in England, Bernie flew his B-24 bomber “Lil Snook’s” for 35 missions over Germany. On July 7 1945 Bernie and Lena Maree Holladay were united in marriage in Chanute, Kansas. He was discharged from the service and Bernie and Maree moved back to Minnesota where he went to work for JB Nordenstrom Construction and became a masonry foreman. In 1957 Bernie started his own masonry construction company, which eventually became Bernard Nordenstom and Sons Construction Inc. They developed and built many commercial and residential buildings in the Mora area.
Bernie was a member of the Mora United Methodist Church and was actively involved in the Mora community: Mora American Legion Post 201, the Mora Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star, The Mora Commercial Club serving one term as president, Dala Heritage Society, Dala Dancers, a life time member of the Kanabec County Historical Society, the Bricklayer and Allied Craftsmen Union, and was elected to Mora City Council. He also attended a Lutheran Cursillo.
Bernie enjoyed his family and friends, gardening, wood working, fishing, hunting and spending time at the cabin. After retirement he and Maree spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona where he enjoyed stain glass projects, pottery and lapidary (making stone into jewelry). They enjoyed traveling and have toured all fifty states and international travels to Sweden.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Wallace Nordenstom.
He is survived by his wife Maree and children: David (Virginia) Nordenstrom – Mora, Marsha (Tom) Knuth – Mendota Heights, Tom (June) Nordenstrom – Apple Valley, Holly (Chuck) Carroll – Mora, BJ (Mary) Nordenstrom -Mora;
grand children David (Marissa) Knuth, Andrew (Allison) Knuth, Rebecca Knuth, Arik Nordenstrom, Lisa (Chris) Halloway, Matt Carroll, Adam (Sara) Nordenstrom, Karen Nordenstom, Ryan Carroll, Katherine (Andy) Greski, Joe Nordenstrom, and his nine great grand children; his brother Everett Nordenstrom – Chandler, Arizona; sisters: Audrey Fairchild – Keokuk, Iowa, Gladys Krenek – Palm Springs, California, Martha Sather – Fosston, Minnesota, Phyllis (Dave) Kuluvar-Paneter – International Falls, Minnesota; sister-in-law Maryon Nordenstrom, Chandler, Arizona; brother-in-law Marvin (Diane) Holladay – Quito Ecuador, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held on March 13, 2009 at the Mora United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Buckley officiating. Music was provided by Karen Nordenstrom, Kati Greski, and Jacki Peterson. Pallbearers were Matt Carroll, Ryan Carroll, Adam Nordenstrom, Joe Nordenstrom, Arik Nordenstrom and Andy Knuth. Inurnment will be at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.