Dec. 28, 1917-Feb. 20, 2013
MARSHALL – Services for Elenora Jorgenson, 95, of Marshall and formerly of Montevideo, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Anderson-TeBeest Funeral Chapel in Montevideo. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at the Anderson – TeBeest Funeral Home in Montevideo with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
She died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall.
Elenora (Thompson) Jorgenson was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Big Bend Township of Chippewa County, to Ole and Johannah (Aarseth) Thompson. She was baptized and confirmed at the Big Bend Lutheran Church. She grew up in a wonderfully close knit family in the Big Bend community and attended “a little country” school. She was united in marriage to Leonard Jorgenson on April 20, 1935, at the Big Bend Parsonage. Early in their marriage she and Leonard farmed in Big Bend Township. She was very supportive in establishing the Jorgenson Well Drilling business in the early 1950s. They began a new home in Montevideo in 1956 until they purchased a hobby farm where she enjoyed gardening and the freedom of country living. She and Leonard returned to Montevideo “city living” where she lived until moving to Boulder Estates in Marshall in June, 2003.
She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, various church circles and homemakers groups. She was a fantastic homemaker. The cookie jar was always full and the coffee pot was on! Doughnuts, pancakes made from scratch, apple pie, apple bars and homemade buns are memories of all. She loved listening to music each day, quilting with her sisters and sisters-in-law, or sitting on the deck at the lake simply watching the view. Hundreds of little dolls, picked up during garage sale ventures, found a new home with Elenora who would then clean them all up and sew them a new outfit. She called them her little “orphans!” She was caring, empathetic, and respectful to others. Her advice, but given mostly when asked, was looked highly upon. Her faith in God was very important to her. She enjoyed many travels from camping outings to Amtrak trips and jet rides – all with people she loved. But most important was creating memories and celebrating moments with family and friends.
To those she leaves behind, we will remember her as being an amazing wife, mom, grandma and homemaker, the most important role she felt a woman could fill. Her life is a truly a “celebration of life.”
Survivors include her two children: Valgene and wife Sandy of Montevideo and Janet Olson of Marshall; daughter-in-law, Joanne of Montevideo; nine grandchildren: Brian (and Rita) Jorgenson, Colin (and Lori) Jorgenson, Jody (and Scott) Sachariason, Rick (and Kim) Olson, Kristi (and Ed) Olson-Raff, Amy (and Paul) Ingebrigtson, Steven (and Andrea) Jorgenson, John (and Deb) Jorgenson and Stacy (and John) Keller; 20 great-grandchildren: Mathea, Thayne, Cedar, Skylynn, Thor, Sydni, Sam, Gavin, Nic, Tyler, Aiden, Nicole, Bekki, Sarah, Aeron, Aira, Spencer, Paige, Joshua and Patric; two great-great-grandchildren: MacKenzie and Savannah.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard in 2001, her son, Larry, her parents; three brothers: Rudolph, Thorfin and Henry; and two sisters, Ruby Torgerson and Judell Kolstad.