March 12, 1946-September 11, 2017
Judy Kay Bjorkman passed away on the morning of September 11th, 2017 in Lewistown, Montana.
Judy, the youngest of four children, was born in Butte, Montana, on March 12th, 1946 to Bert Powel and Emma May (Cawley) Clemo. During her early years, she attended the Sherman School and lived in a small miner's cottage just north of the Alice Pit on Williams Street in Walkerville, Montana.
Following graduation from Butte High School, she enrolled in Butte Business College and commenced working at the First National Bank in Butte.
Judy married Gary Bjorkman of Butte on September 15th, 1971 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Three sons were born to Judy and Gary, Michael (deceased), Eric and Toby Bjorkman.
Judy worked for many years at J.C. Penney's until her retirement in 2005. Judy relished camping trips to Wise River, hikes to Tendoy Lake and LaMarche Creek, and drives in the mountains surrounding Butte. Her grandchildren were a treasured part of her life, and she delighted in spending time with them. She was an expert shopper and took care in picking out items for family and friends. Ceramics were one of Judy's favorite pastimes. She spent many hours at Doty Brothers decorating special figurines to adorn her and Gary's home for each holiday, in addition to sharing them to her grandkids. She was a bit of a pasty aficionado, often preparing them for her family, as well as the much anticipated antipasto that she made each Christmas.
Shortly after retirement Judy and Gary took a long awaited and fondly remembered cruise through the Inside Passage in Alaska, and a subsequent road trip to Las Vegas. In her later years, she enjoyed spending time with the Red Hat Club as well as the J.C. Penney retirement crew.
She is survived by her husband Gary; sons, Eric (Judy) of Columbus, MT, Toby (Stephani) of Butte, MT; grandchildren, Gwen and Anders Bjorkman of Columbus, and Taylor Bjorkman of Butte; brother Bert (Sue) Clemo of Butte; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Emma May Clemo; son, Michael, sisters, Clara Hettick and Priscilla Tregidga; father and mother-in-law, Carl and Martha Bjorkman; and sister-in-law, Carol Gonzalez.
The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the Montana Mental Health Nursing Centers in Warm Springs and Lewistown for looking after Judy these past few years.
A private family entombment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Huntington's Disease Society of America or to donors choice.
Axelson Alternative Cremation is privileged to serve Judy’s Family.