The family of Lorraine Bjornlie would like to commemorate her passing away on the morning of November 16, 2013, in Newport Beach, California. If the worth of an individual's life is measured in the memories of friends and family, Lorraine was wealthy indeed.
Lorraine was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 14, 1924. She was the second child of Peter Pulli and Louise Ricci. She was raised in Minnesota and Wisconsin with her siblings Evelyn, Ruth, Bernice, Marion, Daniel, James, and Bob.
Her parents were the children of Italian immigrants to the United States and she often fondly recalled listening to her parents speak Italian in the home. At the beginning of the Second World War, the family moved to Price, Utah, where her father Peter built the family home. Peter was a barber and a painter who worked in the shipyards of Long Beach during the War. Lorraine's father and mother passed away in 1952 and 1967, respectively.
Lorraine met her husband, Melvin Bjornlie, while living in Minneapolis and they were married on August 13, 1945, in Hawthorne, Nevada. Shortly after, Lorraine and Mel moved to southern California, where they raised three sons (Mickey, Jeff and Tim), while living in Manhattan Beach and Torrance. Mel earned a living in construction and masonry, a trade that he shared with his brother, Don, and which he taught to his three sons. Mel worked with Don and his oldest son, Mickey, until retiring from construction. When Mel passed away in 1982, Lorraine moved to San Juan Capistrano, California, where she lived the rest of her life.
Lorraine was kind, gentle natured and forgiving. In the words of her surviving daughter-in-law, Patricia Bjornlie, she "walked softly through our lives, never taking but always giving, always seeing the best in people, always loving them as they were, never asking for more than to love and be loved in return." Lorraine was an outstanding cook who loved preparing holiday meals for her family. Her gift to life was laughter. Lorraine passed away quietly and peacefully at a hospice in Newport Beach.
Lorraine is survived by two siblings Marion Beacco Matson, husband Joe, son David and wife Shelley Beacco, their daughters Lindsay Beacco and Kelsey and husband Vince Zamudio, and Bob Pulli, wife Carol, their son Pete Pulli his wife Birgit, their children Katie, Alex and Anthony, Carol's children Chris, Brian and Debbie, two sons (Jeff and Tim), two grandchildren by Mickey (Shane and Andrea), two grandchildren by Tim (Shana and Timothy Jr.), three great-grandchildren by Shane (Adelheid, Aisling and Atia) and by her close friend and care-giver George Walden. All who knew her miss her dearly. Lorraine is also survived by family sisters-in-law Bonnie Pulli, (husband Jim and son Keith, both deceased), and Sherron Pulli, (husband Dan deceased), his son Paul and wife Angela, their children Daniel Tyler, Melece, Taigon, and Bryleigh , Peggy, (daughter of Ruth, deceased), and her husband Paul Wilmonen, and daughter Wendy and husband Ted Thayn, their childen twins Preston and Hailey and Gavin, son Justin Wilmonen and wife Melanie, son Derek and daughter Mimi. Lorraine had a special friend Ruth Muchmore (deceased) . They were like sisters and took care of each other. Ruth's two daughters Rachelle Reimers and Sherry Tuso thought of Lorraine as their "other" mother. Rachelle is like a mother to Jeff and Tim, Lorraine's sons.
At her request Lorraine was cremated and her ashes will be placed in her mother Louise Pulli's gravesite in the Price City Cemetery.
A small graveside service by her family will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome to share memories of Lorraine at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.