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Cheryl Jean Bielke, 66, of Stewart

Cheryl Bielke, 66, of Stewart, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Hospital.
The funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart with the Rev. Mahlon Bededam officiating. Adline Kottke provided the music.
Casket bearers were Dave Cain, Austin Hahn, David Franks, Steve Kirschbaum, Garry Franks and Darrin Schultz.
Cheryl Jean Bielke was born Feb. 11, 1950, at the Community Hospital in Jackson, the daughter of Melvin “Swede” and Erma (Franks) Swenson. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alpha and was confirmed in her faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dunnell by the Rev. Pudell. She attended Dunnell Grade School from kindergarten through the eighth grade. In 1964, she started her high school education in Sherburn, and graduated there with the class of 1968. In 1969, she began her studies in the tabulating technician program at the Mankato Vocational School. It was there that she met and dated Arlen Bielke.
On Nov. 21, 1970, she was united in marriage to Arlen Bielke at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dunnell by the Rev. Brockelmann. Their union was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Kia Renee and Gwen Marie. The couple farmed south of Stewart in partnership with his parents, Alvin and Mamie Bielke. They shared 46 years of marriage.
Mrs. Bielke was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. On Sundays, she and her husband enjoyed going out to eat and going on drives. She loved to play pinochle, and she and her husband belonged to a pinochle card group since the 1970s. She enjoyed flower gardening, watching and feeding the birds, and shopping. She loved baking her chocolate chip cookies and sharing with family, friends and neighbors. She had a special love for her family. She loved her parents, sisters, husband Arlen and family, and her daughters and her sweetheart grandchildren, Paige and Mark. She will be remembered as a friend to many, by her school friends, church friends, card club friends, square dancing friends and many more.
She is survived by her husband, Arlen Bielke of Stewart; mother-in-law, Mamie Bielke of Gaylord; daughters and their husbands, Kia and Andre Adams of South Dakota and Gwen and Sam Jacobs of New Ulm; grandchildren, Paige and Mark Jacobs; sisters, Deb Blom of Estherville, Iowa, Connie (Dave) Cain of Sherburn and Dawn (Dave) Unterburger of Ham Lake; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Erma Swenson; father-in-law, Alvin Bielke; brother-in-law, Don Blom; by both sets of grandparents; and by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Arrangements were with the Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Stewart.