In Memory of Gerald Bjornson

Memorial Gathering

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday February 19, 2021
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

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Gerald A. “Gramma” Bjornson, age 75 of Ellsworth, WI, passed away February 9, 2021 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.  Gerald was born July 16, 1945 in El Paso Township, WI to Howard and Ruth (O’Connell) Bjornson.  He graduated from Ellsworth High School. Gerald’s life was blessed with two sons, Jody and Jason.  Gerald worked for the Ford Motor Company for 30+ years, until his retirement.

Gramma was very social and delighted in the company of others.  After retiring, he enjoyed tending bar at the Eastender for many years.  Most important was his family and friends.  He treasured his time with his sons, friends and road trips with his sisters to the cabin, Missouri, Branson and Nashville.  Gramma was an avid golfer and a devoted Green Bay Packers fan.  He also took time for the simple joys in life, sitting on his front steps watching people go by and traveling country roads.

Gerald will remain in the hearts of his sons, Jody (Debbie Frandrup) Bjornson and Jason (Ryan Peterson) Bjornson; granddaughter, Allie Bjornson; sister, Deanna Bjornstad; sisters-in-law, Elaine Bjornson and Jan Malmer; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruth Bjornson; siblings, Francis Bjornson, Colleen Prine and Richard Bjornson; and brothers-in-law, Orin Bjornstad and Danny Prine.

A Memorial Gathering will take place 4:00 – 6:00 PM Friday, February 19, 2021 at O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N Grant St., Ellsworth, WI.    A future celebration of life is also being planned in El Paso.  Interment will also take place at a later date at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in El Paso, WI.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421.

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  • Sorry we missed the notice. Hope to get notice of the postponed celebration. One of El Paso’s originals!! We, along with the El Paso Community, will miss his smile, jokes and his huge personality. He always called my husband “Butcher”! Say hi to his brother Duane Blaisdell. Denise & Merlin

  • Hits hard when you lose the best, Gramma you were one of Kind. You made working at the Ford plant a whole lot more fun, always in a good mood and smiling. Thanks for a ll the laughs and great memories. I’m sure you and Bo are laughing it up, see ya soon Brother…🍻

  • We will miss Gramma so much. He taught me to dance in 7th grade. We always had fun in Johnnie Birkel’s class. Hope you can find sweet rolls in heaven. Sure will miss the good times!

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Grand Maw was kind and funny. He will be missed. We have all lost and Heaven has gained a wonderful soul

    Marsha Anderson-Shearen

  • We sure had the times back in the day. So many stories could be told. Jerry B. was the funniest guy in our gang. Couldn’t have a Saturday night without him. He sure made Chuck’s transportation to Ford easier. He hated the “Dork” van. Our condolences to all the family members. Prayers are with you.

  • We had it figured that we were long lost cousins because my maiden name was changed from Bjornson to Burnson. So here’s a toast to a guy that a book could have been written about.

  • My condolences to all of his family. So many good memories of him and his laughter was tonic for all who knew it.

  • So sorry to see this Grandma will be missed by many I always loved visiting with him after we left ford. He was a great guy to be around and always having fun till we meet again ❤️

  • We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was always fun and pleasant to talk to! My heart breaks for his family and friends. He will be missed!

  • My heart hurts for the loss of a great man.
    Gramma, My thoughts and love are with you in heaven. My thoughts and love also remain here with your sons, your granddaughter, your extended family and your enormous circle of friends.
    I thank you for all the days you made me smile with your jokes and your laughter.
    I thank you for participating in all the outting events I had. You never missed them, not one. I wished I hadn’t waited til now to tell you how much that meant to me. You are a true friend and I will miss you greatly til we meet again.