Gunnar Bjorkman, 83, husband of 51 years to Ruth Koch Bjorkman of Corbin Rd., Hamden, formerly of Stamford, passed away on March 11, 2004 of a cardiac arrest. Born on June 12, 1920 in Fredriksberg, Sweden, son of the late Axel Fredrik and Hedvig Bergsten Bjorkman. For more than twenty years Mr. Bjorkman was the publisher and editor of Scandinavian-American newspapers, Nordiske Tidene and Nordsjern Svea, in Brooklyn, New York. For his work he was honored by the Kings of Sweden and Norway. He lived in Stamford for more than 50 years and was a member of the Sons of Norway, Vasa Order and St. John's Lutheran Church. He is survived by his daughter Karen Bjorkman of Arlington, MA, his son Ian Bjorkman of Hamden, grandchildren Hannah Jean and Sarah Beth Fleckenstein, and Raymond and Seth Bjorkman. Friends are invited to a Funeral Service at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan St., New Haven, CT 06511 on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 11AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 450 George St., New Haven, CT 06511. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden in care of arrangments.

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