THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Clarence R. Bjorkman
Clarence "Hank" Russell Bjorkman, 89, of Niagara, passed away Thursday, March 9 at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.
Born Aug. 28, 1927 in Norway, Mi., to the late, Elof and Ethel (Dagger) Bjorkman, he married Margaret Schindler on Sept. 22, 1951 in Niagara. A lifelong resident of Niagara he was a dairy farmer, member of the ASCS, MABC and County President of the National Farmers Organization.
He served as Trustee of Riverside United Methodist Church, was a volunteer in the Niagara Fire Department for 18 years, worked for Niagara Township for 61 years from 1942 through 2003 and after retiring from farming, served as Road Foreman.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Every year he spent two weeks in Canada fishing and eating walleye with family and friends. He taught his grandchildren and neighborhood children how to fish. The couple drove the Alcon Highway to Alaska where they enjoyed fishing together and his last words to family were, "I'm going fishing".
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret of Niagara; two sons, Daniel (Sue) Bjorkman and Robert Bjorkman (Cookie Cazolla); four daughters, Peggy (Kevin) Dick, Carol (Joe) Gallino, Sharon (Robert) Kristoff and Ellen (John) Allard; 20 grandchildren and their families; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill (Helen) Bjorkman; sisters, Marjorie (Ed) Olson and Doris Bjorkman; a sister in-law, Eleanore Bjorkman; many nieces; nephews; lifelong friends and good neighbors.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Leslie Bjorkman and a sister in-law, Elaine Bjorkman.
Visitation was held at Riverside United Methodist Church in Niagara on Tuesday, March 14 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at noon. Rev. Henry Yoap officiated and burial was in the Niagara Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Bradley Dick, Benjamin Bjorkman, Vincent Gallino, Trinity Bjorkman, Frank Kristoff and Jacob Colburn. Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain assisted the family with arrangements.