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Jane Sonja Trebelhorn

Jane Sonja Trebelhorn was born April 18th, 1945 in Bigfork, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Millard “Spike” Okerlund and Manda (Klooz) Okerlund. Jane was the middle sister to Judy and Joyce (deceased) and she also had an older brother, Jimmy, who died from polio as a child as well as two brothers who died as infants. Jane grew up in the Northern Minnesota logging town of Craigville where her dad lumber jacked and her mom cooked at Logging Camp 29 and Effie Cafe. She attended school in Effie and graduated from Bigfork High School. Jane had a humble, happy, god-fearing childhood and enjoyed working with her mom in the café and summers at her aunt and uncle’s resort in Deer River. After graduating, Jane moved to the Twin Cities and worked as a secretary. Here she met her future husband Bob, an engineering student at the U of M. After marriage, Jane continued to work and had son Scott. After five years of marriage the family moved back to Winthrop and Bob took over the family fuel business. Soon after their return to Winthrop Betsy was born. For the next many years Jane’s roles as wife, and mother defined her, but Jane was an equal partner and contributor to every success that Bob and Jane experienced together. She inherited her mom’s talent for cooking and baking, she kept an immaculate home that was always displaying her talent for assembling floral arrangements and decorating. Jane was also a bowler, den mother, VBS teacher, church volunteer and spent time with her group of friends known as “The Girls”. Jane’s guilty pleasures were watching Dancing and Bachelor with Emma and gas station pizza. When Bob’s health started to deteriorate, Jane became a pillar of strength in taking care of him. Bob passed away in 2017 after 52 years of a marriage marked by a rare depth of love, respect, faith and mutual submission. Jane’s strength astounded her friends and family in recent years as she continued to reinvent herself with an unknown reserve of abilities and independence. The two constants in Jane’s life were her deep abiding faith in God and her fierce love of family and friends. Jane was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2020. She faced this with consummate grace and bravery. Her peace with God and her circumstances were absolute. Prior to her surgery several weeks before her passing, her only concern was her family and friends – as it was with all things at all times throughout her life. Jane S. Trebelhorn is survived by son and his wife, Scott and Julie Trebelhorn, daughter and her husband Betsy and Daryl Bonderson; grandchildren Emma, Abigail, Elizabeth and Robby Trebelhorn, Jacob and Jonathon Gustafson; sister Judy (Jerry) Olson; sisters-in-law Kathleen (Glenn) Olson, Margaret (Tom) Miller, Carol (Bill) Grant; brothers-in-law Ken (Denise) Trebelhorn, Mark (Colleen) Trebelhorn; and cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

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