Velma Lorraine Bjorke, 84, Minot, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Desert Winds Assisted Living Center of Peoria, Ariz.
Lorraine was born March 23, 1928, on the family farm near Carbury, the daughter of Bernhard and Alma (Seter) Wall. She was raised and educated at Carbury and graduated from Bottineau High School in 1946. She attended the North Dakota State School of Forestry at Bottineau from 1946-1948 and was employed at the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) office there for several years as the secretary and office manager.
Lorraine moved to Devils Lake, where she was employed at Shark's Men's Store as the office manager for three years and later at Greenleaf Insurance Agency for two years.
She was united in marriage to Owen Bjorke on June 6, 1957, at Carbury. They made their home at Minot, where she was employed at Minot State University as a bookkeeper. Along with raising their two children, she also sold Avon products for several years. She and Owen spent many winters in the Phoenix area. Owen died July 30, 2005.
Lorraine had moved to Peoria in August of 2008 to be nearer her children and grandchildren.
Lorraine was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Minot, where she actively served on the Church Council and as past president of the Women's CLCW group. She had accumulated thousands of hours of volunteer work with Trinity Hospital and served as past president of the Trinity Auxiliary. She had been a longtime Norsk Hostfest volunteer and former Cub Scout leader and PTA member.
Her loving family includes: children, Patricia (Michael) Miller, Phoenix, Ariz., and James (Pam) Bjorke, Minot; grandchildren, Emily and Olivia Miller and Chad Bjorke; brothers, John (Joan) Wall, Fargo, Kenneth Wall, Minneapolis, Minn.; sisters, Ione Skarphol, Bottineau, and Doris Birkner, of Kent, Ohio; sisters-in-law, June Wall, Torrence, Calif., and Frances Wall, Bottineau; along with a number of nieces and nephews.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Harold, Russell and Howard Wall.
Funeral service: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in Christ Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials are preferred to the Christ Lutheran Church Flood fund, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).