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Kathryn K Bjorklund

 

Kathryn K Bjorklund

Longtime resident Kathryn K Bjorklund, 98, passed away May 16, 2022, at her home in Thermopolis after a life serving her Lord, her family and her community.

Born November 21, 1923, in Newcastle, Wyo., she was one of seven children of Michael and Severa (Pzinski) Koski. Following high school, Kay worked in Billings, Mont., for Carter Oil Company.

On December 1, 1945, she married Guy E. Bjorklund in Billings, Mont. The couple moved to Thermopolis in 1955 where Kay was employed by First National Bank for 11 years. Later Guy and Kay purchased the Coast to Coast store which they owned and later ran. They also owned hardware stores in both Douglas and Glenrock.

Guy and Kay enjoyed traveling when they retired and met many new friends when they traveled. Kay loved her family and community and spent all of her life serving in many ways. She was a member of Federated Community Church, Kiwanis Club, and the Hospital Auxiliary, just to name a few. In 2017 she was named AARP Volunteer of Wyoming at the age of 93. He children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren adored her and she very much enjoyed spending time with them.

The last 12 years of her life were spent at the Wyoming Pioneer Home, which she dearly loved. The staff and residents were a second family to her. Kay became the "Welcome Wagon" for all new residents.

Those who will cherish her memory include her children, Gary (Dorothy) Bjorklund of Wheatland, Wyo., Eric (Terrie) Bjorklund of Arlington, Texas, and Karen (Dennis) Sinclair of Thermopolis; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Guy; brother, Mike; and sisters, Vi, Gen, Marty, Vickie, and Dorothy.

A celebration of Kay's life will be held in July at Federated Community Church.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online messages may be offered at mortfh.com.

 

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