Beverly “Bev” Kongsjord

Beverly “Bev” Kongsjord, age 81, of Grand Rapids, MN, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Grand Itasca Hospital.

Bev was born to Guy and Dorothy Hanson in 1938 in Bigfork, MN. She lived in the Bigfork area and graduated from Bigfork High School. After graduation she worked at a local resort where she was introduced to Einar Kongsjord through mutual friends. Einar and Bev were married on November 3, 1956, and together they moved to Grand Rapids and raised three children.

Bev was a homemaker that cherished her family dearly. She was an excellent cook, baker and seamstress. She loved gardening and canning the vegetables that she grew. Bev treasured her time with family and adored her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Bev was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Bev is preceded in death by her husband, and her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Diane (Kirk) Skelly, and Denise (Kevin) Brown; son, Mark Kongsjord; sisters, Barbara (Burnie) Ecklund, and Shirley (Ed) Smith; brothers, Donald Hanson, and Darrell (B.J.) Hanson; grandchildren, Shane (Clair), Melissa (Bertil), Jeremy (Katie), Ryan (Tayler), Beth (Josh), Keith (Kayla); and 14 great grandchildren.

Due to these extraordinary times, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Elder Circle, Salvation Army, or Second Harvest Food Bank.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit

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