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Marlene Dolores Bjorkman (Rivet)

April 18, 1936 - December 8, 2020


On Tuesday morning, December 8, 2020  Dolores Bjorkman passed away at Joseph Creek Care Village at the age of 84 years.  Marlene was born on April 18, 1936 in Kimberley, one of three girls born to Alfred and Edith Rivet.

Mom was a compassionate and loving person who loved nothing more than to see people laugh and enjoy life.  Anyone who knew her has a story or two about her many escapades.  She especially enjoyed and was always a presence for her family and friends.  Her grand and great grandchildren had a big piece of her heart.  She loved dressing up for many lunches, bake sales, teas and Red Hat gatherings with her wonderful friends.

Marlene is survived by her daughter, Vicki  (Brad) Poburn of Cranbrook; son Bart (Allison) Bjorkman of Creston; four grandchildren, Terra- Lee (Ron) Meijer of Cranbrook, Clayton (Marie) Poburn of Morinville, Alberta,  Jamie Bjorkman of Vancouver, Kelsey Bjorkman of Saskatchewan as well as four great grandchildren; Travis and Isaac Meijer; Austin and Jade Poburn.  She also leaves her sister Gerry (Mario) Rocca of Fernie and sister-in-law Kathy Bjorkman of Canal Flats.

Marlene was predeceased by her husband, Elmer Bjorkman, mother Edith Fenske, sister Carol Abbey and sisters-in-law, Miriam Stapleton, Martha Rotvold, Ruth White and brothers-in-law Einar, Ralph, Walter, and Ellard Bjorkman.  Mom also leaves behind her best friend and partner in crime, Maureen Campsall who was such an amazing friend and help to mom.  Dr. Rolandi was her hero and was the most incredible, compassionate and understanding Doctor.  He was always there for her and we are forever grateful.  Thank you Dr. Rolandi.

There will be no service due to Covid.  Those wishing to remember Marlene may do so with donations to the Salvation Army.


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Wendy Tito
Relation: Friends of Brad and Vicki

Our thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends. Pat and Wendy Tito

From: Sharron Billey
Relation: Friend

I am saddened to hear of Marlene’s passing. My brother Raymond Edinger loved Marlene and to this day will ask if I have talked to her. She was a very special, loving lady and will be missed by many. I send condolences to her family and friends from both myself and Raymond.

From: Wendy Cullum (Carry)
Relation: Marlene was a good friend of my Mom's

I’m so sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. Her and my Mom Wilma Carry were great friends, and she was always there through my Mom’s health struggles. She was a lovely person and very special to my Mom and I. My deepest condolences on your loss.

From: Patricia Alberts
Relation: Very good friend

Deepest condolances. We sure are going to miss Marlene, such a lovely, kind person. Pat & Brian Alberts

From: Melinda Juras
Relation: Niece

Auntie Marlene always made us smile. She always had a good time anywhere she was. She danced on the table at our wedding, she always brought joy. She still makes us smile. We send heartfelt sympathy xo

From: Sharon Patry
Relation: Very close friend since childhood. Babysat her children.

Our sincere condolences to Vicki, Bart and families. I have so many happy memories of times spent with the family. Marlene was like a mother to me in my younger years. She was my rock to lean on and we shared a lot of laughs through the years. I will always have a special place for her in my heart.

From: Verna Leask
Relation: Friend

I was so sorry to hear that Marlene had passed away. She and our mom had so many fun times on their shared travel adventures for many years.
Your mom and dad were so wonderful and will be remembered by us always.

Mike, Verna & Gordon Leask

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