With heavy hearts, the family of Bjorn Allan Stenberg announces his passing Oct. 14, 2016. Bjorn ran and operated Gulemo Printing Inc. (formerly Willimantic Instant Printing) in Willimantic for 30 years. Bjorn is survived by his wife, Christine Gray, of Tolland; his daughters, Lena Fontaine and husband, Dan, of Tolland, and Monica Mitton, of Lancing, England; his grandchildren, Adison and Bailey Fontaine, of Tolland, and Torsten and Gabriella Mitton, of Lancing; and sister, Ulla Lundgren and husband, Lars, with their children, Karin Meddings, Annika Subotin, and Johan Lundgren, of Sweden. Other close family members who mourn Bjorn's passing include stepsons Greg Grzywacz and wife, Carrie, of Willington, and Darren Grzywacz and wife, Sarah, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Bjorn's friend and first wife, Gunnel Stenberg, of Hanover. Bjorn was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 5, 1942. His strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit led him to relocate his young family from Luleå, Sweden, to Great Falls, Virginia, to Kingston, Tennessee, to Birmingham, Alabama, and Avon before settling in eastern Connecticut, where Bjorn acquired Gulemo Printing in 1985. A team handball and soccer player as a young man in his native Sweden, Bjorn always had a fondness for sports with fluid action, including soccer, hockey, tennis, auto racing, and track and field - especially if Swedish athletes were involved. There was also a special place in Bjorn's heart for UConn women's basketball and he held season tickets to their games for years with his good friend Jerry. Bjorn spent time as an attorney in Sweden, and he was gifted at electronics, computing, and trigonometry. Bjorn was also a master of efficiency - especially when it came to redesigning workflow, living space, and offices. Bjorn was always a young soul. Even in his early 70s, he was an active computer gamer - ranking as high as fifth in the world on a popular online computer game that simulates governments, kingdoms, and geopolitics. Bjorn will be missed by his special canine buddy, Onyx. There are no calling hours.
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