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Born: May 02, 1934

Date of Passing: Apr 20, 2022

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1934 - 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Runa Bjornson on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at the Arborg Personal Care Home.
Runa lived to see five generations of her family. She was a beloved Mother, Grandmother (Amma), Great-Grandmother, Great-Great Grandmother, sister, and friend. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Lynn (Julie), Lee (Ross) Schnell, Raymond (June), Norman (Ivy), and Barry (Therese); grandchildren, Carrie (Neale) Rushoway, Chris Schnell (Ardella), Vicki (Jonathan) Hack, Rayma (Chris), Rebecca (Tony), Stephanie (Ryan), and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Jayden (Stephanie) Rushoway, and Cole Rushoway (Nicole) and great-great grandsons, Rowen and Sullivan Rushoway. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Donald Bjornson and his wife Hedy, her sisters-in-law, Alda Johnson, Maggie Johnson, Nell Bjornson, Margaret Tobin, and numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Franklin, her parents, Olafer and Emma Johnson, brothers, John and Robert Johnson, sister and brother-in-law Thordis and Herb Reedel. Also, her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sveinbjorg and Jack Bjornson, Solrun and Peter Christiansen, Kristin and Thor Bjornson, Mary and Siggi Bjornson, John Bjornson and Moe Tobin; nephews, Kris Bjornson, Brant Johnson, Herby Reedel, and great-nephew Braden.
Runa was born on May 2, 1934, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up on the family homestead in Arnes, Manitoba. She graduated from Normal School in Winnipeg, and taught at the Bradbury School near Arnes, Manitoba. Her love of music and dancing brought her to the Geyser Hall where she met Franklin - the love of her life. They were married on August 7, 1954, and together raised five children in their home on the Bjornson farm just west of Arborg, Manitoba.
Runa was an ambitious homemaker. She kept a large garden and a lovely yard filled with flower gardens and apple trees. Family, friends and neighbours were very important to Runa. Everyone was always welcome at her table, whether they came for a special event or just to stop in at the farm for coffee and cake. Mom and Dad made a special effort to attend all family milestone events over the years, often helping with preparations.
Runa was active in her community volunteering for the Red Cross, the Framnes Ladies Aid and Meals on Wheels. She belonged to the local Ladies curling and baseball leagues. At the age of 50 when her children were grown, she decided to work outside the home; initially at the Arborg Feed Mill and then at the Arborg Bargain Shop. She and Dad enjoyed fishing, camping and travelling across Canada, the United States, Iceland, and they cruised through the Panama Canal.
Runa lived her last 16 years in the Arborg Personal Care Home where she received excellent care. We are very grateful to the Arborg Personal Care Home staff for allowing Mom to live her last years with dignity.

Goda Nott Amma Runa

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arborg Personal Care Home-Recreation or a charity of your choice.
A funeral service will take place outdoors, under a tent on the grounds of the Arborg Heritage Village on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (Please bring a lawn chair). Pastor Seale Robinson officiating.
Interment will be at the Arborg Community Cemetery.

MacKenzie Funeral Home

Publish Date: Apr 30, 2022


Suddenly, on April 20, 2022, at the Arborg Personal Care Home, Gudrun (Runa) Sigurros Bjornson passed away.
Longer obituary to follow.

MacKenzie Funeral Home

Publish Date: Apr 23, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 23, 2022, Apr 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all of Runa's family. I got to know her and visit with her at the Arborg Personal Care Home while my dad was there. I would take my dog Harley to see her. She loved petting him and always wanted to keep him. She was a special lady and I will miss her. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing away. - Posted by: Joanne Bergman (Friend) on: May 12, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to the family. I have fond memories of my visits to the farm. Runa and the rest of the family made it a warm and welcoming place always. - Posted by: Anne-Marie Bishop (friend) on: May 02, 2022

  • Our condolences to all of Auntie Runa’s family. Like cousin Kelly I remember having a great time on the farm. I spent time during spring break or summertime at the farm. Moved right in an was just another kid at the table. So with that said it meant I was treated like one of the family. Like my cousins I got to do chores the same as them, but we did get to have lots of fun when our work was done. Keep all your happy memories in your hearts I know I will. Margaret Swain - Posted by: Margaret Swain (Bjornson) (Niece ) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • We were very sad to hear of Auntie Runa's passing. Auntie Runa always made her nieces and nephews (and all of those she knew) feel warm and welcome. I have so many tender memories of visiting at the farm in Arborg - the endless fun we'd have playing with cousins, so many laughs and enjoying family meals together. Sending our deepest condolences to the families of Lynn, Lee, Ray, Norm and Barry. Kelly, Ron and family - Posted by: Kelly & Ron Bilawka (Niece) on: Apr 28, 2022

  • I enjoyed getting to know Runa when my husband was also at A.P.C.H.; Runa loved to sing along with the hymns when volunteers came. Runa was a lovely lady and is missed. - Posted by: Norma (Sigurdson) Cone (acquaintance) on: Apr 24, 2022

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