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Barbara Bjornebo, 53

Barbara Jean Bjornebo, 53, Cottonwood, died February 17, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Barbara was born October 26, 1955 in Tracy to John and Beverly (McClain) Barglof. She graduated from Marshall High School in 1974 and soon met Mark Bjornebo. After dating for about a year they were united in marriage on April 26, 1975 in Cottonwood. Three children were born to this union, Jeremy, Justin and Jennifer.

Barb started working for Schwan's Sales in Marshall in July of 1975 until her retirement due to illness in August of 2008. She worked in a number of departments in her career, ending as a supervisor in technical support. While working at Schwan's she received two prestigious Presidential Awards from the company for her ideas that substantially benefited the company.

Barb was a great cook and loved to bake. She expressed her love for her family in many ways, especially through her cooking. She made favorite meals for birthdays and holidays, always having oyster stew for Christmas Eve. She organized family gatherings and did all the cooking. She also was very energetic, full of life, and adored her grandchildren.

Barb enjoyed long walks and watching the birds by the lake. She liked to shop and travel with her mother around the country. She was a loving wife and best friend to her husband, Mark. She was also a loving and caring mother to her children. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Mark Bjornebo of Cottonwood; sons, Jeremy and Erica Bjornebo of Morris, Justin Bjornebo of Cottonwood; daughter, Jennifer and David Sorum of Sioux Falls, SD; mother, Beverly Tweedt of Osakis; eight grandchildren, Kylee, Chase, Brady, Damon, Jayden, Yasmine, Matthew and Persia; father-in-law, Leif and wife, Nellie Bjornebo of Cottonwood; and special pet, Penny.

She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Rose Bjornebo; stepfather, Dennis Tweedt; and her grandparents.

A memorial service was held Saturday, February 21 at Anderson Funeral Home Chapel in Alexandria with the Reverend Rick Martin officiating. Inurnment will be later in the spring at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Osakis.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;