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Erin E. (Lynch) Bjorklund, 54

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Erin E. (Lynch) Bjorklund, age 54 of Hastings died at home on Nov. 4.

A mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Erin was the embodiment of Irish pride and courage.

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When facing cancer, she viewed it, as she did all adversity, as a challenge and not an anchor. Her 8-yr old granddaughter Grace recently wrote, "When I spend time with my Grammie, she makes me feel happy and safe. She always tells me the truth, even when it is hard. She is my hero." She was the most dedicated and loving mother and grandmother. She was our Rock.

Erin had a passion for reading and a hunger for knowledge. She frequently boasted that she preferred to exercise her brain rather than her body and was the Queen of Trivia Pursuit. Renowned for her endless wit, Erin loved to engage in political discussions and such conversations with her often became competitive events.

Her career accomplishments include the first woman millwright at St. Paul's Ford plant and a leader in the local chapter of UAW. After leaving Ford, she established herself as an integral and innovative team leader at ConAgra Foods of Hastings, Minn. Her dedicated staff will miss her greatly.

Erin is preceded in death by parents, James and Marilyn (Ella) Lynch; and infant brother, Daniel Timothy.

Survived by daughters, Chantal Bjorklund, Amanda (Corey) Bjorklund Krejce, Meghan Bjorklund Delgado; grandchildren, Grace Bjorklund, Lucy, and Max Delgado, Lyla, and Wyatt Krejce; and ten siblings, Kathryn (Blake) Begnaud, Patrick (Maureen) Lynch, Michael (Judy) Lynch, Maureen (Rick) Huff, Mary Beth Isaacs, Cynthia (Gary) Fasching, Dena (Jason) Hagberg, Annie Lynch, Jim (Alison) Lynch, and Dan (Tara) Lynch.

A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Jim Bzoskie, and Pastor Anne Vining, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Cornerstone Bible Church, 735 E. 10th St., Hastings. A visitation will be held at Wise Family Funeral Home, 400 Spring St., Hastings from 4-8 p.m. on Friday Nov. 8, with a time for sharing at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings.

To view the memorial video and sign the online guestbook, go to www.wisefamilhyfh.com.

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