Jane Elizabeth (Sornsin) Lundeen
May 22, 1947- Feb 22, 2019
Jane Sornsin, 71, was born May 22, 1947 in Fargo as the oldest of nine children to Phyllis (Roden) and Tom Sornsin. She attended Catholic school in Fargo and graduated from Shanley High School in 1965. Jane pursued a nursing degree from St. Louis University, but left her studies for motherhood. Three daughters and twenty-five years later, she fulfilled her goal to work in healthcare by serving Fargo’s homeless population.
Over her 20-year career with Homeless Health Services, she ascended from part-time clerical work to the role of clinic director. There and throughout her life, Jane was guided by a favorite proverb “there, but for the Grace of God, go I.”
In addition to her work for the homeless, Jane volunteered for many years for Fargo’s Retired Doctors Association, and was honored for her service.
While raising their daughters, Jane and her husband David were entrepreneurs who operated numerous long-term businesses in the region, including their trucking company of 25 years, Fargo Freight. Jane was grateful for those who spent their careers working in her family businesses.
Jane was the social coordinator for her large family, bringing everyone together for weeklong family reunions on Leech Lake, concert or theater trips to Minneapolis and New York City, Fourth of July potlucks, Saturday lunches, and more. When not shopping with her daughters, sisters, and nieces, Jane played bridge with lifelong friends or pontooned on Big Cormorant Lake.
Although Jane’s family is large, there was always room for more; any friend of her daughters was a friend of hers. Dear family friends admired her class, style and humor, which continued to shine throughout her 10-year progression with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jane is survived by her husband of 54 years, David, her daughters Theresa (Barry) Halvorson, Trisha (Eric) Issendorf, and Jennifer (Matt) Mastrud; grandchildren Hunter and Grace Elizabeth Halvorson, Isaiah and Gabriel Issendorf, and Levi and Ivy Jane Mastrud; her siblings/best friends Tom (Jodi) Sornsin, Sally Doran, Robert (Terri) Sornsin, Nancy (Rob) Oster, Mary Beth (Doug) Stensgard, and Julie (Dale) Cardwell; and dozens of nieces and nephews who knew her as their adoring “Yaya.” She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Tim Sornsin, infant sister Mary Theresa, nephew Dirk Lundeen and brother-in-law Doug Doran.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 am on Wednesday, February 27 at The Sanctuary Events Center, (formerly St. Mark’s Church which hosted the Homeless Health Services clinic), 670 4th Ave N, Fargo. Luncheon to follow in the lower level.
In lieu of flowers, memorials benefiting Family Healthcare Homeless Health Services, 301 NP Avenue, Fargo, ND 58102, are warmly appreciated.