Gordon (Gordy) Bjellos peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by family on
September 8, 2022.
He was born on November 26, 1940 to Sam and Mary (Lagather) Bjellos in Carson Lake,
MN and attended schools in Hibbing, Minnesota. In 1985, Gordy married Elaine Jaksch
after over 2 decades together. In 2002, Gordy retired from the City of Hibbing, MN and
moved with his wife to Black River Falls, WI to enjoy retirement.
Gordy was quite the character, but had a heart of gold. He put his whole heart into all of
his friendships, and made friends wherever he went. He went through life
rambunctiously and with joy. A true Minnesotan at heart, Gordy was an avid fan of the
Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Wild. He also enjoyed following his young family
members in their sports activities.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; his son, Robert (Melodie) Cogger; his son-in-law, Lon
Stenroos; his granddaughter, Ginny (Jonathan) Diggins, his grandson, Cody (Sarah)
Stenroos, his great-grandchildren, Olive, Jaden and Meadow; his sister, Patricia Welte;
his brother, Michael (Shirley) Bjellos, several beloved nieces and nephews, and many of
his close friends.
Gordy was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sherry; and his siblings,
Marion (Shags), Margaret, Cenia, Violet, Peter, Eli, and James.
A celebration of life for both Black River Falls and Hibbing will be determined at a later