Donald Bjornstad

Donald Bjornstad was born on May 22, 1935 in Spring Valley WI. He died on July 31, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Don was the youngest of five children born to Emma (Julson) and Oscar Bjornstad. He grew up on a farm, and later graduated from Spring Valley High School.

Don served 2 years in the United States Army, spending almost a year in France, building roads and infrastructure. He also worked at Bayport Ice. In 1960, he started Bjornstad Builders with his brother, Orin. They built countless homes in North Hudson and the surrounding area. Later, he went on to manage the Hudson Hockey Arena, where he loved to drive the Zamboni and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends.

In 1957, he met his future wife, Beverly Branchfield, at a roller skating rink in Stillwater. he drove her and her friends home after skating and the next weekend, he saw her from a distance and said to his friend, Bud, “I am going to marry that girl someday.” They were united inmarriage on October 26, 1957 and were blessed with 3 children. Don loved hunting and fishing, reading Westerns, and watching old movies. He was also a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. His biggest love of all was for his grandkids. He cherished each moment with them.

Don is survived by his daughter, Karen Houston and her husband Carl of White Plains MD; son, Steven of New Richmond WI and his children Ashley, Emma, and Allison; and son, Craig of North Hudson WI and his children Caitlyn, Kia, Austin, and Mason; eldest sister, Ioliene Grant of Spring Valley WI; brother-in-law, Robert Branchfield (whom he helped raise) and his wife Dawn of Tucson AZ and their children, Jordan, Sydney, and Mikaela; and countless family and friends. Preceding him in death are his wife Beverly; parents, Emma and Oscar Bjornstad; brother, Orin Bjornstad; and sisters, Carol Ingli, and Jeanette Anderson.

The family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Adoray Home Health and Hospice, They have been so wonderful.

Funeral Services for Donald Bjornstad will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1205 Sixth Street in Hudson WI. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to services at the church, and also from 5:00-8:00pm on Tuesday at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Burial will take place at the Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. 715-386-3725


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