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Katharine G. Bjorndal
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Obituary for Katharine G. Bjorndal

Katharine G. Bjorndal, 88, of Austin, MN formerly of Iowa City, IA, died peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2018. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics or the American Diabetes Association.

Katharine was born on November 27, 1929 in Southwest Harbor, Maine, the daughter of Peter T. and G. Katharine (Gatcomb) Benson. She graduated in 1949 from the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. Katharine was united in marriage to Arne M. Bjorndal on January 12, 1952 in Oslo, Norway; he preceded her in death on November 4, 2012. She was an Administrative Assistant for The Vice President for Educational Development and Research and Dean of the Graduate College for 25 years before retiring in 1988. Katharine was a member of The Visiting Nurse Association and The University Athletic Club Boards. She also served on committees for The University of Iowa Foundation and First National Bank. Katharine enjoyed travel, golf, bowling, gambling, and her terrific grandchildren.

Katharine is survived by her three children, Katharine (William) Mead, Kari (Henry) Bullamore and Lee (Judith) Bjorndal; five grandchildren; and two siblings, Peter Benson, and David (Anne) Benson of Southwest Harbor, Maine. Katharine was preceded in death her husband Arne; parents; and three siblings, William Benson, Francis Bachman and Margery Emmott.

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240





12:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Cemetery Details


Oakland Cemetery

1000 Brown St
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

Memorial Contribution

American Diabetes Association

P.O. Box 11454
Alexandria, VA 22312

College of Dentistry Department of Endodontics

P.O. Box 4550
Iowa City, Iowa 52244

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