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Winifred M. "Winnie" Bjorkman
Winifred M. “Winnie” Bjorkman

Winifred M. “Winnie” Bjorkman, 85, a woman of great grace, devoted wife of Raymond W. Bjorkman, passed peacefully from this life into the arms of Jesus on Nov. 28, 2016.

Winnie, as she was lovingly known, was born to the late Russell and Christina Barnes. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Albert; and great-grandson, Christian.

Winnie was born in New York City on Oct. 2, 1931. She attended Catholic schools in Jackson Heights, N.Y., and graduated from St. Vincent High School in Manhattan. It was in Jackson Heights where she met and married the love of her life on Sept. 6, 1952. After many Naval duty stations, the Bjorkmans chose Virginia Beach to raise their four children.

Professionally, Winnie enjoyed working as a legal assistant and secretary.

In addition to her beloved husband, Ray, she is survived by her daughters, Karen Roenker and Jeanne Full; sons, Raymond N. Bjorkman (Mary Alice) and David Bjorkman (Lori); 12 grandchildren, Jennifer Spriggs (Eric), Joseph Roenker, Kevin Roenker, Stephen Full (Nikki), Jonathan Full (Alexandra), Christina Full, Christopher Bjorkman (Mary Ann), Natalie Volsky (Peter), Kyle Bjorkman, Brian Bjorkman, Michael Bjorkman and Melissa Bjorkman; and seven great-grandchildren.

Winnie’s love for her family was only surpassed by her love for her savior, Jesus, whom she fully relied upon. Her beautiful life reflects Acts 17:28: In him we live and move and have our being. As our mother, you simply are the best…an example for all ages.

The family would like to thank the staff at Beth Sholom for honoring mom by daily demonstrating loving kindness, devotion and professionalism while becoming an extended family to her.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Beach Fellowship Church with Pastor Ray Bjorkman officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beach Fellowship Church, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Private interment will follow in Colonial Grove Memorial Park.

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