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Jane Lundeen

May 22, 1947 - February 22, 2019

Memorial Service - Wednesday

February 27, 2019
- 11:00 AM

Sanctuary Events Center, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Jane Lundeen

May 22, 1947 - February 22, 2019


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.


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16 responses to “Jane E. Lundeen”

  1. D. Harris says:

    Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  2. Tanya Janes says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother/Wife/Sister/Grandma. I enjoyed seeing Jane when I worked at Eventide. She had a beautiful smile and she lit up when her family and Nellie came to visit. Janie loved her coffee, chocolate and singing at the supper table sometimes when we would eat. She was a true blessing in my life and Im so glad to have known her and know some of her family that I did working with her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dana Sue Busch says:

    My deepest sympathy to all of Jane’s family for your loss. No matter where Jane and I saw each other, she always greeted me warmly with that great smile and friendly manner. Those happy memories will keep her alive in your hearts forever.

  4. Barb Holter says:

    My dear sweet Janie. How I loved having you as a friend. You brought joy, laughter, fun lunches, great recipes, the best family Christmas cards and countless memories I will cherish forever. Rest In Peace, Janie. Love and Prayers for Dave, Theresa, Trish and Jennifer

  5. Debbie (Jahnke) Kelly says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about Jane’s passing. She was always a very special woman. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you at this difficult time.

  6. Karen Olson says:

    What a beautiful picture of Jane. I consider myself one of her lifelong friends and loved this lovely lady. My sympathy to you all but I know Jane is now with her heavenly family. There might even be a bridge game there.

  7. Tim & Tracy Roche Family says:

    Our deepest condolences to each of you as you mourn your dear Mother’s passing.

  8. curt meyer says:

    lm so sorry to hear jane passing she was a great person she will be missed.

  9. mary rasmussen says:

    Jane was a good friend and in my bridge group when we first came to Fargo. She was always so positive and fun to be with. She will be missed.

  10. Wayne and Betty Settergren says:

    Jane was a very good lady. Sorry for your loss.

  11. Sheri Batesole says:

    Trish & family: I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Mom looked like a lovely lady and loved by many who knew her. Beautiful tribute video!

    Hugs to you!

  12. Tony Lesch says:

    My condolences to the entire Lundeen family. I think back and remember Jane with fondness, and recall her as the very kind person she was. You all have my deepest sympathy.

  13. ivy mastrud says:

    I’m Ivy Mastrud. Janie was my beautiful, outgoing, classy, smart “Yaya.”
    Although she had Alzheimer’s for most of my life, she was still my best bud. 
    When I was younger, I was at her house everyday doing all of the usual ivy-and-yaya things. The only way to come between us was if i beat her at go-fish which happened a lot.
    We played ENDLESS hours of go-fish. We had sing-alongs. We watched ALOT of Kelly and Michael. She painted my nails although she wasn’t necessarily the best at it. We ate peanut butter and pickle sandwiches well mostly her. And We laughed a lot.
    Alzheimer’s disease didn’t even get in the way. The disease wasn’t so bad because I got a lot of time with her. I cherished that time. We still laughed together in her final weeks. 
    I will miss our time together, but Yaya will forever be my sunshine.

  14. Sherry and Ken Buatala says:

    Trish, Eric and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are saddened to hear of your mother passing.

  15. Twyla Nielsen says:

    I am saddened to hear of Jane’s passing. We were neighbors while our children were growing up in North Fargo and our backyards were adjacent to each other. I will always remember her infectious smile and her innate ability to welcome all who came into her life. My prayers to her family.

  16. Sarah says:

    Dear Jenny & family, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I distinctly remember and have always been grateful to your mom for giving me thoughtful, motherly advice when we were hanging out in high school. God bless you during this difficult time. Sending prayers.

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