Mona Jean Lund (nee Bilden) went to her Heavenly home on September 10th, 2017, at the age of 93. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northwood. A visitation will be held Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a private family prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Bilden-Askew Funeral Home in Northwood.
Mona was born March 14, 1924 in Northwood, North Dakota, the first child of Dagny Helena (nee Skurdell) and Oliver Edwin Bilden.
She graduated from Northwood High School in 1942, then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, graduating in 1946 with a bachelor's degree in home economics. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota and became a Registered Dietitian. In 1948 she married Elmer (Bud) Hjortland, Jr., and they had one child. Bud died of polio in 1951, leaving Mona a widow age 27.
In 1953 Mona married Calvin Elwood Berg, a Lutheran pastor. A son and daughter were born to them. The family lived in Boyd, MN, and St. James, MN, where Calvin served as pastor. In 1968 the family moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where Calvin served as a Regional Director for the Good Samaritan Society. In 1970, Calvin died of a heart attack, leaving Mona widowed a second time at age 46.
In June of 1972, Mona married Herbert Arthur Lund, a widower and banker from Albert Lea, MN. They lived in Albert Lea, MN, and she and Herb adopted each other's children.
Herb had three children, and the two families merged harmoniously.
Mona worked as a Registered Dietitian for many years, and was a member of the American Dietetic Association for 69 years. Mona and Herb traveled extensively and enjoyed spending many winter months in Sun City, AZ. Herb died in December of 2004. In 2008, Mona moved back to her birth hometown of Northwood.
Mona's foremost values included her faith in God and love for her family. She was a life-long member of the ELCA and involved with different groups in the church. She was very active in PEO and in Sons of Norway. She loved entertaining and family gatherings, the family's Norwegian heritage, travel, and watching her favorite sports teams on television. All who knew her admired her positive outlook and cheerful disposition. Her life serves as an example to her children and all who knew her well.
Preceding Mona in death were her parents, her three husbands, and a brother and sister-in-law, Paul & Annabelle Bilden. Mona is survived by her six children; David (Debra) Hjortland of North Oaks, MN, Rev. Richard (Nancy) Lund of Helotes, TX, Barbara Lund of Minneapolis, MN, Dr. Jonathon (Laurie) Berg of Northwood, ND, Rachel (David) Christensen of Albert Lea, MN, and Marie (Johnny) Gillespie of La Grange Park, IL. Also surviving are one brother, Peter (Mary) Bilden of Boone, IA, and three sisters: Lenore (Hugh) Kaste of Northfield, MN, Audrey (Edward) Gordhammer of Xenia, OH, and Becky (Barry) Bowles of Santa Barbara, CA. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Memorials are suggested to: Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, or First Lutheran Church of Albert Lea, Minnesota.
Online guestbook available at www.bildenfuneralhome.com
Arrangements made with Bilden-Askew Funeral Home, Northwood, ND