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Lori Jorgensen

February 05, 1954 - April 18, 2017

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Lori Jorgensen, age 63, passed away on April 18, 2017 in Fargo, North Dakota.  Under the loving care of Hospice, Lori was able to spend her final days in the comfort of her home surrounded by family and loved ones.

Lori was born on February 5, 1954 in Moorhead, MN, where she grew up and received her education.  Lori graduated from Moorhead High School in 1972 and attended Moorhead State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Distributive Education and then her Masters degree in School Psychology.  Following graduation, Lori worked as a school psychologist for the Fargo Public School system until her retirement in 2011.  Upon retirement, she accepted a position with the Anne Carlson Center, where she continued her work helping children.

Lori married Brad Jorgensen on June 30, 1979 in Moorhead, Minnesota. They were happily married for 38 years.  Lori and Brad were inseparable and truly enjoyed spending time together, whether it be relaxing with their early morning coffee or on travel adventures.  They especially enjoyed spending their summers on Star Lake, MN boating and relaxing with family and, more recently, with their bulldog, Lucy.

Lori was a loving wife, an adoring mother, a faithful sister and a great friend to many.  She will forever be remembered for her gentle smile, her infectious laugh and her devotion to family and friends.  Lori loved life and battled to the bitter end to live it with passion and courage.  Through her short time with us, she reminded us of the preciousness of life and the need to live it to the fullest and with gratitude.

Lori is survived by her husband, Brad; son and daughter-in-law Alex and Sarah Jorgensen, Minneapolis, MN; brother Keith (Jean) Johnson, Grand Forks, ND; sister  Jean (Carlos) Carrasquillo, Eden Prairie, MN; niece, Mindy (Kevin) Walsh, Des Moines, IA; nephews, Travis (Michelle) Johnson, Minot, ND, and Erik Carrasquillo, Minneapolis, MN; and her always faithful dog, Lucy. 

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Leo and Vonnie Johnson of Moorhead, MN.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be given to either the Roger Maris Cancer Survivorship Program or Lucy’s favorite charity, 4 Love of Dog Rescue.

Visitation:  Saturday, April 29th  from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th St S., Fargo.

Service: Sunday, April 30th, at 2:00 PM  with visitation one  hour prior at Olivet Lutheran Church 1330 South University Dr., Fargo.

 

 

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42 responses to “Lori Jorgensen”

  1. Valerie Boatright says:

    Beautiful smile, infectious laugh…our Lori!

  2. Ellen Anderson says:

    Thankful for many years of Lori’s friendship. I am glad to have met her by chance in our old neighborhood almost 30 years ago now, and to have known her ever since. Lori had many, many great friendships that are equally as long as my connection with her, and that’s because Lori was a person who cared and made sure the people around her knew it. My deep sympathy to Brad, Alex, and all of Lori’s family — and to all who shared Lori’s friendship.

  3. Bob and Colette Jorgensen says:

    Lori’s love of life, love of family, her laughter, and her courage are what we will remember of her life. Rest in peace, Lori! God bless you, Brad, Alex, and Sarah!

  4. Monica (Roland) Heuer says:

    My deepest sympathy, Brad!

  5. Tammie Masten says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with all of Lori’s family and close friends. What an amazing force she was! Her positive impact in this world will live on through the many, many people’s lives she touched personally and professionally. Rest in peace, Lori!

  6. Vicki and Gale Thompson says:

    Sweet Lori–may you rest in peace. Another special angel in Heaven. Sending all our love to Brad and your entire family. You will be missed.

  7. Ann hopp says:

    She was truly a loving person to students and peers alike. Her soul will be more seed by many.

  8. Liz & Bob Gibb says:

    Lori was a person who virtually “sparkled” because of her warmth, kindness & infectious laugh. She had a way of making you feel like you were special & that you belonged. She had a hearty laugh that was infectious! I was lucky enough to get to know her through Jane’s daycare & the old neighborhood & ever since then we were part of the Buncos & made many great memories as a group of close friends. Her love for Brad & Alex was so evident & she was thrilled to welcome Sarah into the family. We are thinking of you all with prayers love & friendship! ❤️

  9. Karla Abdo says:

    Dudley, Alex and Sarah, you have my deepest sympathy. Even tho I hadn’t seen Lori lately, LuAnn kept me up to date on how Lori was doing. Lori’s smile always lit up the room. So easy to visit with and caring more about others than herself. I will keep all of u in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Bob Froke says:

    My sorrow to Brad and family for your loss. I had the privilege of sharing office space with Lori early in my career in the Fargo Public Schools, and what a fantastic person to start a first job with! I loved her sharp wit and zany sense of humor, and admired her professional skills and expertise. I carry so many fond memories of working with her. I know she impacted people’s lives in a special way, and for that, I am grateful for that time. I know she will be greatly missed, and I send you prayers of comfort and that you may have a celebration of her life. May you cherish her memories forever.

  11. Christina S-J says:

    This is a beautiful picture of Lori! Captured her perfectly. 🙂
    Rest well Lori. Your energy will be forever felt by those you shared your days with. Thank you!
    May peace be with your family.

  12. Judy Frey says:

    Lori and I grew up together. She was a good friend and neighbor for many years! I remember many laughs together. My sympathies to her family.

  13. Jennie Porter says:

    So sorry for your loss Dudley and Alex and the rest of your family. I’ve been thinking of all the good times we used to have in school together. Leo was a gem and her, oh her laugh was awesome, I hear it now. Enjoy all your memories for they r truly precious. Thoughts and prayers.

  14. Edna Lynam says:

    Keith — I’m so sorry about the death of your sister. It certainly sounds like she was a wonderful person. You and your entire family are in my prayers.

  15. Jan Kester says:

    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Lori, but I’ll never forget her sense of humor, her laugh and her loving and caring nature. She could lift anyone’s spirit with her winning ways. I so enjoyed her when I was working at Clara Barton. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Rest in peace, Lori.

  16. Evonne Vaplon says:

    Dear Brad, Alex, and family, My deepest sympathy to you on the death of Lori. She was a wonderful woman and it was always fun to sit and visit with her. I remember her nice smile and gentle way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Jan Kester says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen Lori, but the memory of her sense of humor, her laughter and her wonderful gentle caring spirit will never be forgotten. I worked at Clara Barton when she was the psychologist there. She was a joy to be around. God bless, Lori..rest in peace.

  18. Cathy Scott says:

    Lori and i spent many happy times as we worked at Agassiz.I can still hear hear laugh and it brings tears to my eyes that she is gone.Lori, I will keep you close to my heart during my daily prayers. My sympathy to Brad, Alex and Sarah.

  19. Gail Vesey says:

    My sympathy to you and your families, Brad. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  20. Cindy Hutchins says:

    Beautiful gal inside and out!

  21. Liz and Clay says:

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Lori! GOD bless you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time!

  22. Eric Weaver says:

    I had the privilege of working with this beautiful human being. Lori was beautiful inside and out. She was so pleasant and professional. Knowledgeable and caring. Absolutely someone I will remember for a lifetime. My thoughts and prayers go to family and friends in mourning.

  23. Julie Costello says:

    I met Lori working in Fargo schools. Lori was always so kind, and her smile could light up a room. She impacted so many lives with her caring ways!

  24. Ronald Truax says:

    Sorry for your loss. It is very awesome Lori spent time working at Anne Carlsen after retirement. Thoughts and prayers with you.

  25. Lynn Harrie says:

    I don’t think I have seen Lori since the hockey days of our sons but I will never forget that she always had a smile on her face and that laugh !!! Thoughts and prayers to Brad and Alex..

  26. The Carrasquillo family says:

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Brad, and your family and friends during this difficult time. Nothing rooted in love is ever lost, for it has become part of the living whole. Hold tight to your memories for comfort.

  27. Larry Hanson says:

    Best Rice Krispy bars ever. Miss you!

  28. Cindy Johnson says:

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you Brad, Alex and Sarah. Although it has been a few years since I have seen Lori, I will never forget her! She would warm up a room just by entering it. I worked with her at Discovery and always looked forward to the days she would be at our school. We always knew we would have a great laugh and a burst of color when she was around! The “Bluebirds ” will miss her deeply. We also enjoyed spending time with Lori and Brad learning how to “tango” and “waltz”. May your memories of her always bring you joy and love. God bless, Cindy and Marshall Johnson

  29. Ann Wilson says:

    Dean and I send you all our deepest sympathy. As backyard neighbors we could hear that wonderful laugh over the fence and say “that’s Lori!” ha! We have lots of good memories of your family with Alex during the hockey years too. Oh, she will surely be missed, she was special to so many. Peace and Love to you, Ann and Dean Wilson.

  30. Michael and Pennie Humphrey says:

    Our condolences are sent to family and friends of Lori. We recently enjoyed meeting Lori and Brad at the wedding of their son Alex and Sarah Gregory in Minneapolis on New Years Eve.

    Lori fought the good fight with courage and lived her life with zest until the very end. She will forever be missed by all.

    God Bless the life of Lori Jorgensen.

  31. Gregg Lura says:

    Amazing woman who will be missed. My thoughts go out to Lori’s family.

  32. Jan Wills says:

    Dear Brad,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your great loss.

    Sincerely,
    Jan (Thorkildson) Wills

  33. Jon Engelstad says:

    My deepest sympathy and prayers!

  34. Anita Anderson says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of Lori’s death. I did not know her well but she left an everlasting presence with me. I worked with her at the Anne Carlsen Center so we would only see each other once in a while but she was such an awesome person. Her joy of life, gratitude, caring, and infectious laughter were amazing and will never be forgotten. Although it always hurts to lose someone you love, know God’s blessings are with you.

  35. Bev Harbrecht says:

    Beautiful picture and obituary for a wonderful person. So many memories of Lori from childhood. Special condolences to Lori’s brother Keith. God bless you.

  36. Deb Johnson says:

    I think of Lori and her brilliant smile and twinkling eyes…her courage and welcoming kindness. Sending you,Brad, and your family prayers for strength, love and peace.

  37. Carolyn Espel says:

    I am deeply sorry for your
    Loss and will always carry Lori’s positive spirit with me. She was one of a kind and I feel truly blessed to have known her through common friends and through yoga. Peace and love to you all. She will be missed and will be forever in our hearts. Carolyn Espel

  38. Barb (Marchand) Nelson says:

    I’m saddened to hear the news of Lori’s death. Lori and I were neighborhood pals as 4th, 5th, 6th graders — a time in our lives when we were working hard to solve the many mysteries of life. In particular, we were in pursuit of The Facts of Life, and especially, The Fact. Lori cracked the case first, and when she shared her findings, I thought it was the most ridiculous and unlikely thing I’d ever heard. In true Lori fashion, she referred me to a book — The Wonderful Story of How You Were Born — which corroborated her claim. I still thought it was ridiculous, but The Fact was in fact fact and Lori prevailed. Our lives diverged and I’m sorry hers was so short, but I’m certain it was rich and deep and probably full of books and research. My most sincere condolences to Lori’s family, and especially to her brother Keith and her sister Jean, 12th St neighbors too, of course.

  39. Babe Mortenson says:

    Lori was a breath of fresh air whenever she entered a room. I worked with her at Discovery, attended many student staffing with her and enjoyed our gab sessions when time permitted. She was passionate about her job, could work with students so easily because of her approachability and was knowledgeable in her field. Her infectious laugh still rings in my ears. Rest In Peace, dear Lori. You put up a great fight and lived life to the fullest. My deepest sympathy to her family

  40. Bob Forsyth says:

    I met Lori for the first time at her wedding in 1979. I came as Kathy “Roach” Forsyth’s boyfriend. She made me feel very comfortable like a long lost friend. I will always remember her laughter and positive attitude. I did marry Kathy the following year and we shared many good times with Brad and Lori during our many visits to the Fargo area. She certainly had an amazing gift of unselfish deep compassion and understanding for people. One always felt good about themselves after hanging around Lori! Both Kathy and I were able to be with Lori and Brad during their February visit to our winter home in Tucson. I will always remember my last hug. Death cannot take that memory away. Rest in peace until we meet again.

  41. Pat (Honek) Leonard says:

    The Moorhead High Class of 1972 are sending all our prayers tonight up to heaven for Lori. We love you.

  42. Spencer Hjelle says:

    Dear Brad,

    My sympathy to the loss of your beloved wife. Per her guestbook, she had a ton of friends. I’m sure you will miss her dearly.

    Thank goodness you have your son and Stephen High School Class of 1969 to comfort you somewhat.

    Love like you two had is quite rare and you two were truly blessed.

    I hope your pending retirement will take the sting out of this a little, but time is the only thing that will really matter.

    May God comfort you,
    Spencer Hjelle

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