THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Norma E. Krenkel
Norma E. (Bjorkman) Krenkel, 85, of Iron River, Mi., passed away Monday, April 28, at Iron River Care Center.
Born Nov. 19, 1928 in Stambaugh, Mi., daughter of Oscar and Caroline (Thompson) Bodine, she attended Stambaugh Schools and graduated from Stambaugh High School. She married Irving Bjorkman on Aug. 27, 1949 at the Grace Covenant Church of Stambaugh and the couple made their home in Iron River Township. He preceded her in death on Sept. 7, 1989 and she then married Roy Krenkel on July 15, 2006. She was employed for many years at Iron County Medical Care Facility.
A member of the Grace Covenant Church, she belonged to the church choir and played the organ at church and at home. She enjoyed baking, was a loving mother and grandmother and was known for her spunk and telling it like it is.
She is survived by her husband, Roy; sons, Michael (Charlotte) Bjorkman and Jeffrey (Jean) Bjorkman, both of Iron River; daughters, Marcia (Peter) DeClark, of Niagara, Debra (Russell) Benson, of Island Lake, Ill., and Patricia (Dennis) Ansell, of Whitewater; brothers, Carlton (Lynn) Bodine, of Sawyer, Mi. and Davis (Florence) Bodine, of Chicago Heights, Ill.; a sister, Naomi LaRoue, of Newberry, Mi.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family.
Visitation will be held Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at Grace Covenant Church of Iron River. Rev James Swanson II will officiate with Interment in Resthaven Cemetery. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Jacobs Funeral home Of Iron River is assisting the family with arrangements.