Arla M. Bjugstad, 90 of Lisbon, North Dakota died Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Parkside Lutheran Home, Lisbon, North Dakota.
Arla Bjugstad was born on June 10, 1930 in Greene Township to William and Lydia (Spitzer) Christmann. She grew up in rural Sheldon and attended Sheldon School. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 1948.
Following high school, she went to work for Don and Gertie Stansberry as a nanny and general farm worker. She worked for Stansberrys until she married. Arla married Charles Bjugstad on September 24, 1961 in Leonard, ND. They made their home on the farm and ranch south of Sheldon. They farmed and ranched there until their retirement. It was also here they raised their children Brenda and Jeff. Arla was a hard-working farm wife raising a large vegetable garden and helping with the farming and cattle.
Arla was a long-time member of the Anselm Lutheran Church and very active with the church and the Ladies Aide of the church. She served on the Alter Cloth Committee for over 20 years. Arla was a very talented seamstress sewing anything from garments to Barbie Doll clothes, she also made quilts and various rugs. Arla was always baking and cooking something. The family always had large home cooked meals and plenty of baked goods. Anyone who came to visit was likely not going to leave without having something to eat and coffee. Her real joy was her flower beds. She had several large, beautiful and well cared for flower beds scattered throughout the farmyard.
In January 2020 Charles and Arla moved to the Beverly Ann in Lisbon and in January 2021 Arla moved into Parkside Lutheran Home.
Arla is survived by her husband Charles, daughter Brenda (Mike Thompson) Bjugstad, son Jeff (Michele), grandsons Carl and Kyle Bjugstad and many nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law Herma Redetzke, Josie Corn, Jeanette Bjugstad and Arlene Froemke
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Loretta Wittmann, brothers-in-law, Paul Wittmann, Ardell and Marty Bjugstad, John Corn, Roger Redetzke and Dean Froemke and sister-in-law, Carole Bjugstad
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