Bjorgulv “Bjorgie” Bolstad, 87 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away on Monday, January 4, 2020, at Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center from complications due to COVID-19.
Visitation and prayer service will be announced in the spring. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.
Bjorgulv Bolstad was born September 4, 1933, at Luster County, Norway, the son of Halvard Johan and Borghild Henriette (Fuhr) Bolstad. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith at the Church of Fortun in Norway. He attended school in Norway and graduated therefrom high school and then attended Oslo University.
Bjorgie served in the Royal Norwegian Air Force. He went to Armament School and was promoted to Sergeant where he worked on fighter jets. Bjorgie then attended radio operator school and signed on as a Merchant Seaman and served as Captain’s Secretary which involved numerous duties. Bjorgie served on several ships and coastal ports for these 6 years. He then worked as a radio operator for the Norwegian Government in the Arctic Circle.
In 1968, Bjorgie immigrated to the United States and became a permanent resident in 1970. He moved to Viking, MN because his mother’s sister and family lived there. He moved to Thief River Falls, MN, when he took a job at Arctic Cat.
Bjorgie took 2 years of electronics at the Vocational Technical School in Thief River Falls, where he earned an Associated Degree in electronics.
He worked part-time at the Eight Street Gas Station, Drayton Beet Plant, and after Arctic Cat went bankrupt, Bjorgie went to work at Marvin Windows in Warroad, MN for a few years.
In 1981, Bjorgie met his lifetime partner, Margaret Moeglein.
Following an accident in 2002, Bjorgie returned to Thief River Falls, MN where he has continued to reside with Margaret.
He always loved to work with his hands, enjoyed woodworking, and had started chip-carving in 1995. Bjorgie has been awarded numerous ribbons and awards for his work and some of his work is on display at the Skjolden Cultural Center in Norway. He has made many latch-hook rugs and was Grand Champion 7 times at the Pennington County Fair.
He was active in the Golden Pioneers, Sons of Norway, and the Eagles Club. He enjoyed walking, hiking, hunting, and skiing in his earlier years. He loved to write. Bjorgie has said, “Life hasn’t always been good, but it sure has been interesting.”
Survivors include stepsons: Marcus Moeglein, Grand Forks, ND, and Martin (Rachael) Moeglein, Chanhassen, MN; step-granddaughter; Sydney Amundson, Maplewood, MN; 2 cousins in America: Marget Erlenmeyer and David Erlenmeyer and numerous other relatives in America and Norway.
Preceded in death by his life partner Margaret Moeglein, Thief River Falls, MN; his parents; Brothers: Johannes (Gyda), Melchoir (Berit), Halvard (Else), Gudmund, Thomas (Berit), Martin and a sister: Guri (Jørgen) in Norway. He was the last of 8 children.