Koland, Bertha Olson “Berte” (Bjerland) (1841-1935)

Mrs. Kiddel Koland died Tuesday Night, Feb. 26, at her home here at the ripe old age of almost 94 years. Mrs. Koland was quite ill last year for a while but recovered, but last Saturday she took suddenly quite ill again and at 11:50 Tuesday night she peacefully closed her tired eyes in eternal rest.

Mrs. K. Koland, nee Bertha Olson Bjerland, was born in Bjelland Socken, Bjerland, Norway, Oct. 15, 1841, and was at the time of her death 93 years, 4 months and 11 days old. She was married in Norway in 1866, just as we over here were busy cleaning up the wreckage of the Civil War, to Kiddel Koland. To this union nine children were born of whom three are dead.

In the eighties Ole, Chris and Tom, three of their sons, went to America to make their homes and in 1892 Mr. and Mrs. Koland and children came here and homesteaded in the town of Lincoln where Ole and Chris were already established. Kiddel Koland died in 1919 but Mrs. Koland continued to make her home on her farm until three years ago when her son Ole bought a place in Karlstad and moved in. She then had a house built near her son’s home and has lived here ever since.

The deceased was in every way a fine woman, a good wife, a loving mother and a kindly friend and neighbor and took a great deal of interest in the church. One of her requests were that no flowers be given by her friends but that they rather donate money to the church.

The living children are Ole and Chris Koland and Mrs. Anna Rand of Karlstad, Mrs. Rachel Pederson of Chinook, Alberta, Emma, Mrs. J.O. Jorgenson of Seattle, Wash., and Lena, Mrs. John Harstad of Drayton.

[Interred Zion Lutheran cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky

Author: W Saewyc

An amateur genealogist and internet hobbyist.

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