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Born: Nov 23, 1938

Date of Passing: Apr 04, 2020

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November 23, 1938 - April 4, 2020

Peacefully on Saturday morning, April 4, 2020, with her family by her side, Mom (Amma, Langamma) passed away at the Gimli Community Health Centre.
Mom leaves to mourn and cherish her memory, her children, Kent (Jonsi), Shawn (Sherry), Blair (Catherine), Dean; as well as her precious grandchildren, Ashleigh (Calvin), Svein (Shannon), Morgan and Xander (Sidney); and her great-granddaughters, Fallyn and Freya. Mom is also survived by her brother Les (Sheryl) Geirholm; her sister Francine (Douglas) Albertson; sisters-in-law, Olivia Stanley and Elizabeth Corkal; cousins, nieces, nephews; as well as her extended granddaughters, Heather, Tayler and Madison Durward. She was predeceased by her parents, Kjartan and Gudny Geirholm; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larus and Margaret Bjornsson; her sisters-in-law, Aldis Bjornsson and Laura Schappert; her brothers-in-law, Ervin Stanley, Grant Schappert, Mercil Corkal and Vincent Palson; as well as numerous aunts and uncles, and her special four-legged daughter Munchkin.
Valdine Bjornsson was born in Selkirk and raised in Gimli, where she attended school. Mom and Dad resided and raised their family in Fraserwood. Once her boys were of school age, Mom began her career with the Province of Manitoba, Department of Agriculture, in Arborg. After many years of working with the Province, Mom retired to enjoy her family, especially her grandchildren.
Mom loved family. She was often organizing family reunions and documenting the various family trees on all sides of our family. Mom would treat our friends and anyone that came by as family. She always made sure that everyone was fed and had a place to stay. Mom even adopted a family from Cuba and took them under her wing. She was lovingly referred to as their Manager. She will be sadly missed by Hamri, Dismey, Leidys, Jennifer, Liz Laura and Daniela.
Mom was active with the Order of the Eastern Star, Selkirk Chapter No. 35, and was a member of the Fraserwood Hall Committee. Mom was extremely proud of her Icelandic heritage. She and Dad travelled to Iceland numerous times, and always enjoyed their visits and adventures with family and friends while travelling around the country. Mom was also very active in the Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society and the Icelandic National League of North America, attending many conferences and often volunteering at the New Iceland Heritage Museum. Mom and Dad enjoyed their many vacations, which included travelling around in their motor home and relaxing at Hnausa Campground.
After Dad's passing - Mom returned to her hometown of Gimli to live, first to her condo in Aspen Park, and then to Waterfront Centre. Mom enjoyed her time at Waterfront, especially her Kaffitimi family.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life is being planned for Saturday, July 18, 2020, at Johnson Hall, Gimli, MB.
All family and friends may consider themselves her honorary pallbearers.
A special family thank you is extended to all the staff at the Gimli Community Health Center for taking such great care of Mom (Valdine), especially during these uncertain and difficult times we are in. We thank you for allowing us to be with mom until the end. Thank you also to Vanessa Goodbrandt and her homecare staff for their thoughtfulness and helping with Mom's care.

Vio munum aldrei gleyma pér
Vio elskum pig, hvil i frioi
Goda nott elsku mamma

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Valdines' memory may be made to Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society, Box 1979, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0, or a charity of your choice.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I met Valdine at the Fraserwood Hall several years ago. When I found out that there was someone there with my exact name I had to get a picture of her and I together. I still have that heartwarming photo. We had a wonderful, warm conversation and I was so pleased to have met her. My sincere condolences to Valdine's family. - Posted by: Valdine Bjornson (acquaintance) on: May 28, 2020

  • We are so sorry for your families loss. Valdine was a very wonderful lady. - Posted by: Elaine Dann (friend) on: Apr 14, 2020

  • To all the family , As a little girl ,I remember going to the Fraserwood Creamery with my dad and having morning visits with your parents . Our Deepest Sympathy to you and yours ...Fr . Ben and Gladys Graboweski [nee Shynkarchuk], - Posted by: Gladys and Ben Graboweski (Friends) on: Apr 12, 2020

  • Valdine was secretary of the Star Chapter in Selkirk when I joined in 1998 , we quickly became friends, she was easy to know and I enjoyed our time together. My Sympathy to her family! - Posted by: Heather McKenzie (Friend and Star Freind.) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • My condolences to all of Valdine's family. We met in Fraserwood some some 37-38 years ago. Even after we didn't see each other for many years, she still remembered me. I so enjoyed talking to her. I loved her smile. She was a lovely lady who will be missed. - Posted by: Sis Thomas Moore (friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

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