Kjell Olav Nordlie, age 67, of Dassel, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at his home.
He was born Sept. 3, 1946, in Sarpsborg, Norway, the son of Kaare and Magna “Kjenner” Nordlie.
Kjell grew up in the Sarpsborg, Norway area, where he attended school. He later attended Oslo Teachers College and received his teacher’s degree.
Kjell was united in marriage to Elaine Lea July 12, 1969, at the Highland Lutheran Church in rural Whalan, MN. The couple made their home in Råde, Østfold, Norway for 14 years.
Kjell was employed as a teacher in a girl’s school for several years, and later became a superintendent of schools while living in Norway.
In 1983, Kjell and Elaine moved to Dassel, where Kjell started to work for Prudential Insurance, and later became self-employed selling insurance, and as a financial broker. He loved helping his clients, and considered many of them his friends.
Kjell enjoyed spending time with his family, and especially enjoyed his children and grandchildren. His wife, Elaine, was the joy of his life and they folk-danced and traveled to many destinations together.
In May of 2013, Kjell was proud to become a United States citizen.
He enjoyed golfing, skiing, and having coffee with the guys in the morning. He loved to help people and always said “Hi” with a smile.
An avid sports fan, Kjell could often be found watching or listening to the Twins, Vikings, or University of Minnesota Gophers.
He will be missed by his family and his many friends.
Kjell is survived by his wife, Elaine Nordlie of Dassel; daughters Catherine (Jon) Young of Dassel, and Cecilie (Dan) Sangren of Cokato; granddaughters Gabrielle Hoffman, Sophie Hoffman, Sydney Sangren, Caitlin Young, and Carlie Young; and a sister, Anne Marie Haugen of Fredrikstad, Norway.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Nordlie; and his parents.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, followed by interment at the Dassel Community Cemetery.
There was a time to gather with the family Friday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and a one-hour visitation prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.