Jean Ducharme Bjorklund
June 21, 1935 – February 6, 2020
Jean Ducharme Bjorklund peacefully passed away on February 6, 2020 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia. At her request, no services will be held at this time. Jean was a woman who loved her family and had many friends throughout her lifetime in Olympia. She was preceded in death by her sisters Pauline Bennett and Harriett Hamilton, brothers Paul and Harry Thurston, and her mother, Pauline Thurston Ducharme. Jean attended Olympia High School and spent the majority of her career with Transamerican Title Company, retiring in the 1990’s. In 1954, Jean married Don Bjorklund. Together, Don and Jean enjoyed traveling, especially visits to Las Vegas, Tahoe and Reno, and generously sharing their vacation experiences with nieces and nephews over the years. She was an active and long-time member of the Olympia Eagles after joining at the age of 22. She served as local President in 1963-64 and 2008-09, as well as local Treasurer for 20+ years. And, she was an advisor and Board Member for the Eagles campsite in CleElum from 1971-1999 and served as State Treasurer from 1981-1991. Jean was proud of the many local, State and regional honors she received. She is survived by her husband Don, and a very large and loving extended family. Remembrances can be made to the Olympia Eagles in Jean’s name. Condolences can be sent to Mills and Mills in Tumwater. The family would like to extend their gratitude and thanks to the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital and Mother Joseph’s for their attentiveness and loving care over the last few months.
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Jean Ducharme Bjorklund
February 16, 2020
It was always a highlight to receive a call from Don telling me that him and Jean were planning a visit to Tahoe. I'd make sure I got some non-alcoholic red wine for Jean so she could enjoy a drink with Don! I so admired their travels, their enthusiasm for life, how they remembered my kids' names, what they were doing and being so interested in my life even though I was sure they knew hundreds of people like me. Don was always so attentive to and patient with Jean, while maintaining his cute sense of humor and his dedication to Jean's well being. I would always tell them that they were my heroes and I hope to age as positively as the two of them. Jean was such a sweet lady, I'll miss her so much and I am so sorry for her loss.
Harrah's Tahoe - Diamond Lounge (20 years of visits!)
February 14, 2020
I met Jean and Don years ago at Paris-Las Vegas. I am a bellhop there and they always ask for me. They had met my kids and would always ask for them.
Don, I am so sorry for your loss. Jean was a beautiful lady inside and out. I will be praying for you both. Love you & God bless.
This photo was from their last visit in December 2019
February 14, 2020
Jean welcomed me to the family 50 years go when I married her nephew Mike, and I have loved her ever since. I will miss her so much. This photo of us was at The Paris in Vegas....her favorite city. I think she would like this poem:
She Is Gone
By David Harkins
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
February 13, 2020
I remember all the trips to Tahoe and how she loved being at the swimming pool and all of her beautiful needle work and all the fun pizza lunches we shared. She was such a beautiful and special lady. I always loved hearing about all of her and Don’s many travels.
February 12, 2020
Here's a memory from our son's wedding in 2012. She loved all the graduations, weddings, birthdays, hosting the annual Christmas Eve dinner with Don at their home and any other reason to celebrate.
Julie Morris Reymore
February 11, 2020
Don and family I don't know Don, if you will remember me from JCPenneys, but I think of you and Jean office. Much love and blessings to you and your family.