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Patricia Ellen Bjorklund

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Patricia Ellen Bjorklund, 71

Cold Spring

January 6, 1943 - April 1, 2014

Patricia Ellen Bjorklund, 71, died peacefully at her home in Cold Spring on April 1, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Pat was born in St. Paul on January 6, 1943 to Malte and Lillian (Schulz) Bjorklund. In 1965, Pat met and married Erhard Lemke. They had three children and made their home in Albany. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1968 and spent most of her career as a teacher in the Albany Area School District. In 1982 she married Gary Burton, and together they ran the Pizza Shoppe of Albany. She later married Herb Counter and spent many happy years together before his death in 1997. Pat went on to earn a Master's Degree in Special Education from St. Cloud State University in 2001. In her free time she enjoyed cross country skiing, kayaking, painting, writing poetry, ice skating with friends, watching Doc Martin and observing the beauty of nature on the lake and land that was her home.

She is survived by her children, son Joel Lemke (Kathy) of Minneapolis, daughter Jami Markle (Lee) of Eden Prairie, and daughter Jody Boisen (Matt) of Owatonna, her siblings Gretchen Boggie (Ray) of Two Harbors, Gordon Bjorklund of Riverside, CA and Ken Bjorklund of Monona, WI, her grandchildren, Thomas and Ellen Boisen and Evan, Kenna and Megan Markle, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Counter, parents, Malte and Lillian Bjorklund, and brother Floyd Bjorklund.

Visitation will be on Saturday, April 5th from 1:00-2:00 pm at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm. In lieu of gifts, memorials are preferred to Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, 1000 Red River Avenue North, Cold Spring, MN 56320.

Published in the St. Cloud Times on Apr. 4, 2014
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