Rilee Lynn Bjerke from Kasson, MN, daughter of Logan and Nicole Bjerke, sister of Jordyn Bjerke, lost her battle to Dyskeratosis Congenita on March 9th, 2017 at the age of 17. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. Rilee was born on September 23rd, 1999 and immediately was a well-behaved girl. Her battle with Dyskeratosis Congenita started with bone marrow failure when she was 2 years old. Despite having a rare disease, Rilee had a huge love for life and adventure. She always kept her loved ones on their feet and inspired them to do better. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved picking on her sister. She was a very happy girl despite her setback in life.
When Rilee was younger she loved going on trips with her family. From camping trips to motorcycle trips, planning them was her favorite part. She enjoyed making lists and telling the family what to do, especially her dad. That love for trips of any kind stayed with her throughout her entire life. When she got older she found a passion for fashion and makeup. Rilee had dreams of owning a makeup and massage company. She loved her family passionately and her family loved her passionately right back.
Rilee was a kind and beautiful girl who lit up the room. Her last few years of life were difficult, but she was a strong girl who fought her hardest. She lived a short life but it was filled with lots of love and adventure.
Rilee is survived by her parents, Logan and Nicole Bjerke, her sister, Jordyn Bjerke, all from Kasson; grandparents, Colleen and Harlan Jacobson of Kasson; Milo Bjerke of Byron; aunts and uncles Paul and Heidi Alberts, Steve and Amy Jacobson, and Charlie and Lori Meath; cousins Ella, Ava and Delia (Paul and Heidi Alberts); Joe, Shawna, Ashanti, and Vinzent (Steve and Amy Jacobson); Kaitlin and Levi (Charlie and Lori Meath). She was preceded in death by grandmother Karen Bjerke of Byron.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 301 8th Ave NW, Kasson with Pastors John Allen and Nirmala Reinschmidt officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. nc