Cheryl Joan Bjoin, 69, of Butterfield, died Jan. 5, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato.

Cheryl Joan Bjoin, 69, of Butterfield, passed away on Jan. 5, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato after a short but valiant battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Lutheran Church, St. James, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. A time of fellowship will be held at the church social hall following the service. Interment will be held at a later date. The clergy will be Rev. Maggie Cumings. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. Online condolences may be left for the family at The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Watonwan County Humane Society or Watonwan Library.

After graduating from Crookston High School, she attended the University of Minnesota and obtained a Masters Degree in Library Science. She worked at various libraries including Crookston and Cambridge before settling in Butterfield in 1990 where she was the head librarian for Watonwan County. Cheryl traveled to places such as Europe, Africa, Mexico and South America. Cheryl was well-known for her love of animals. She had several dogs but her first, Animosh, always had a special place in her heart. As the president of the Watonwan County Humane society, she was involved in finding forever homes for many dogs and cats. Cheryl was very civic minded and was involved in the community including being a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

Cheryl was born Feb. 21, 1947 in Crookston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gardner and Ethel Bjoin. She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Sprague; nieces, Kathy (Patrick) DeLaPointe, Lorrie (Douglas) Collison and Beth(Jerry) Hunter. She is also survived by dear friends who were her extended family, Elizabeth Fait (Eirik Rennan and family), Katherine Fait Bakey (Tom Bakey and boys), Elvia Rivas (and family) as well as many friends and beloved pets.