Passed away peacefully on December 15, 2021. She was born in Grafton, North Dakota. She graduated from Hoople High School in 1959. She attended the UND School of Medicine earning a degree as an Occupational Therapist. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. As an Occupational Therapist, she was patient and kind, working with “her kids” to improve their lives. Her fondest memory was riding her horse the Appaloosa or the Red to School, bareback. She met Jock while in her Residency at as an OT at St. Luke’s in January 1964. They were subsequently married in October, 1964, in Hoople.
She began working in Duluth for the Polinsky Rehabilitation center. When it moved to Miller Dwan, she designed a turtle for the “kids” to crawl through. Later when St. Luke’s OT Department expanded to the Overpass on 10th Avenue East Jody began working there. After a few years, a position opened at the school district. She applied. At Merritt she met many of her “pals.” Later she began working at Northwood—Chester Creek Academy. There she really became attached to “her kids.”
She enjoyed traveling with her family, camping, Shrine parades, and just being at home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Doris Bjerke. She is survived by her husband, Jock; her children, John, Scott, and Heather; 6 grandchildren; and her sister, Barbara Brubakken.
Always ready to help, she served on the boards of both Aftenro and Sons of Norway, as well as being President of the Mrs. Jaycees and a member of the Junior League.
Services will be held on March 19, 2022 at 11:00a.m., at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2012 E Superior St, Duluth with a Visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. Internment will be held on May 21, 2022 at Forest Hill Cemetery, Caledonia site.
Donations may be made to the Northwoods Children’s Services and Shriner Hospital via AAD Duluth.