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Lora Workin

September 20, 1962 - July 20, 2020

Public visitation - Saturday

July 25, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

Boulger Funeral Home - Fargo

Public Funeral Service (all are welcome) - for those not able to attend, the service will be live streamed at the bottom of this page

July 25, 2020
- 11:00am

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

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Lora Workin

September 20, 1962 - July 20, 2020


Lora Workin, 57, passed away on Monday, July 20, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. Public visitation will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 10-11a.m. followed by her 11a.m. funeral service at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND – all are welcome to attend. Those who are not able to attend may view the service via live stream on the funeral home website.

On September 20, 1962, Lora was the 5th daughter born to Syl and Betty Schumacher in Linton, ND. In 1984 she graduated from Valley City State with a phy-ed and business double major. Her first teaching job was in Oriska, where she met the love of her life, Lowell Workin. Lowell and Lora were married on June 9, 1990, and moved to the family farm at Walcott where both of their sons, James and Matthew, were born. Her teaching career took her to Barnesville, Wahpeton and Richland.

Lora’s life revolved around her family; they were her everything. As a mom , wife, sister and friend, she had a love that was unconditional and never ending. Her ‘boys’ were her life, whether that was cheering them on at a sporting event, making sure they had monster cookies at harvest or being wherever she was needed. As a sister and aunt, she was the heart and glue of the family. When it was time to gather, she gathered all. When there was a birthday, she celebrated it, with everyone receiving one of her personalized homemade cards. When Lora stepped in any door, it was like sunshine sweeping into the room.

Lora had a contagious laugh and a huge loving heart. She made a difference not only for her family, but for countless young people while in the educational field. Whether she was in the classroom, or at a sporting event with her camera around her neck, students flocked to her. Her camera became a ‘signature’ object at all family/friend weddings and gatherings of any sort. With Aunt Lora, you got in line, she said “shut up and smile”. Done, picture taken!

Lora was proud of so many things in her life. This year, she was proud to say that she had “kicked breast cancer’s butt” for 10 years.

Lora is survived by her loving husband, Lowell, her sons, James and Matthew; her sisters Pam Bryan (Bill), Betty Bruins (Gary), Sheila Hager (John) and Sandy DeVillers (Damon); and her father-in-law Raydon Workin and brother-in-law Leon (Beth) Workin along with many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her mother and father: Syl and Betty Schumacher, along with her mother-in-law, Betty Workin and brother-in-law, Joel Workin.

Whenever Lora would end a phone conversation or leave a house, she would always say: “Love you bunches”. So, we say to you Lora: “Love you bunches. We will miss you.”

In lieu of flowers the family wishes for you to donate to Roger Maris Cancer Center, the Joel Workin Scholarship or a cause close to your heart in her memory.


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62 responses to “Lora Workin”

  1. Christy Stenseth says:

    Lowell, James, Matthew and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Harvey and Joanne Schanzenbach says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  3. Kal & Lindsay Triplett says:

    Lora had a heart of gold. That’s the best way to describe her. I was so fortunate to have worked with her. She was more than a co-worker for me. She cared and was always so kind and generous to me. Thoughts and prayers from my family to yours.

  4. Melissa Hagel says:

    I met Lora in college. She made a great impression on me!
    Like the wording in her obituary, she definitely was like sunshine sweeping into the room! It was fun to socialize with her in the dorm, in the student center, at parties and wherever on campus. Great fun and memories!
    My condolences to her husband, sons and rest of the family. May you all find comfort in those cherished memories.
    God gained an angel.

  5. Anne Gregory says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of Lora. Our prayers are with you all.

    Love from the Gregory’s
    Anne, Steve
    Michael, David, Katherine

  6. Christopher Anderson says:

    She was a wonderful teacher and I wouldn’t be where I am today if she hadn’t personally helped me in my Accounting classes. I have nothing but fond memories of her both in school and while visiting at her home with my parents. My condolences to Lowell, Matthew, James and the rest of her family.

  7. Scott & Vicki Milbrandt says:

    Lowell, James, and Matthew,
    We are so sorry to hear of Lora’s passing. Our hearts are breaking for you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. Neva Hamre says:

    Lora was a great friend and I loved working with her. Lora was a rock to me last year when I went through treatment and I will be forever grateful for her. I will miss her smiles, hugs and visiting at ball games. Our deepest sympathies to you Lowell, James and Matthew.

  9. Jen Janecek-Hartman says:

    Lora, you truly were a bright light and a total sweetheart. May you rest in peace! My deepest condolences to all Lora’s family and friends. Heaven gained a great one this week!

  10. Shari Fiergola says:

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Lora’s family. Lora was my classmate. I have nothing but good thoughts about her. Lora and I spent many school lunch hours at the local bakery for doughnuts and getting candy at the store. I was thrilled we each had a sweet tooth. RIP, Lora!

  11. Cathy Duhigg says:

    I am so shocked and sorry to hear about this, Lora was such a fun and kind woman. She was very brave and I admired her strength. She will truly be missed. My heart breaks for Lowell, Mathew and James.

  12. Neil Race says:

    Lowell, James and Matthew, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Lora was a wonderful teacher, great mom and devouted colt fan. Please let me know if I can do anything to help out.
    Take care
    Neil Race

  13. Dustin and Kayla Erbes and family says:

    Thinking of you during this time. Sincere condolences to the Workin family.

  14. Karen Krump says:

    My heart aches for the entire family!
    Laura will be missed immensely on a daily basis!
    Prayers to all

  15. Kathy Nagel says:

    Sympathy and prayers to the Schumacher family. So terribly sorry for your loss

  16. Marcia Foss says:

    I knew Lora while she was a student at VCSU! She was a gem. . . Loved her personality, laugh, smile. Prayers for her family as I know she will be missed.

  17. Sheri Grossman says:

    My deepest sympathies to all of you. I have such found memories of growing up with Lora. She was a very close friend of mine while we were growing up. I spent a lot of time at her house. I always felt so welcome there. I was so happy to continue our friendship at college and when we joined a sorority together. She was a kind soul with a positive perspective on everything. I looked forward to receiving her Christmas cards with her yearly recap of Lowell and her boys. She was so proud of her family and loved to brag, with good reason, about her kids. I know she was an amazing sister and Aunt and she leaves a big whole in your entire family. Rest in peace, Lora

  18. Leah Lundquist says:

    Lowell, my sincere sympathies to your family. Hugs and prayers. Leah Lundquist

  19. Darla Rufer and family says:

    I’m deeply sorry. Lora was a lovely person and will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to each of you.

  20. Marybeth Workin says:

    My deepest sympathies to you Lowell and your entire family. Lora was such a great person, I always enjoyed visiting with her at family gatherings. She will certainly be missed by everyone.

  21. Donna and Don Thiel says:

    My heart goes out to all of Lora’s family. I was so glad I knew Lora as she touched many lives, including my children’s. Our sympathies on her passing. .

  22. Bonnie Temple says:

    My heart is breaking . I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful childhood memories with Lora and the rest of the family . Heaven has definitely gained an amazing Angel ❤️

  23. Frances Woodbury Woodbury says:

    So sorry to hear. I really enjoyed meeting
    Lora at Richland High. We also enjoyed doing homemade cards ! She will be missed. Such a nice positive lady

  24. Lorie (Bartl) Kortgard says:

    Dear Lowell, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife. Your family will be in my prayers.

  25. Chris & Becky DeVries Family, Wahpeton says:

    Our hearts go out to Lora’s family. Our family was blessed to get to know Lora over the years and especially this last year as she and Lowell supported their niece, Cassie, at Wahpeton Lady Huskie basketball games and helping with a fundraiser to send Cassie and her teammates to Australia. Our daughter is Cassie’s teammate and forever friend. She would cheer, support and always have her camera to take amazing photographs. We will always remember her presence with a smile!

  26. Mike and Vonnie says:

    Lowell, James, and Matthew
    Thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Sorry we will not be attending because of covid and not the easiest for us to get around.

  27. Ruth (Vangerud ) Brass and family says:

    Lowell and family,

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time!🙏🏻❤️

  28. Darlene Kautzman says:

    Way too soon to be called to her eternal home but, will be lovingly greeted by her family who have gone before her. My sincere sympathy to Lora’s entire Family.
    Darlene Kautzman

  29. Loretta Hendrickson says:

    Lowell and boys. I will never forget Lora, she was my rock in school. I loved her dearly. My heart aches. You all have my deepest sympathy. Hugs to u.

  30. Joni (Kub) Knowlen says:

    So sorry for your loss! May all the memories wipe away all your tears and bring smiles to your faces!

  31. George Hagen, Mesa, AZ says:

    Lowell, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  32. Clarice Harrison says:

    Thank you for all the beautiful photographs and the memories of this incredible cousin we celebrate! Her life and all the love she gave was a tribute to her beautiful spirit. God bless you.
    Love from the Harrison’s

  33. Rose Wilson Abraham says:

    Lowell, James & Matthew, I pray you feel God’s loving presence as you go through the loss of Lora. I hope your days are filled with wonderful memories that you can share of Lora with future generations, so they know her not just through pictures, but how she made each of you feel. God’s blessings on each of you.

  34. Tony Boehm says:

    Lowell, James, Matthew and family,
    I can’t begin to say how saddened my family and I are. We all loved Lora. How many hours did she and I spend in the old computer lab talking? As a young teacher way back then, I had so much respect for both Mr. and Mrs. Workin, and I still refer to you as Mr. and Mrs.! She certainly was a light to our school and community. I am so glad to have had her as a friend and colleague for 20+ years. We don’t know God’s plan, but know that he has one, and we know that God will win in the end because death has no power over him. I pray for your peace, strength, and faith. Every time I walk by her room I will think of her, think of you, and say a prayer.

  35. Ben Hannasch says:

    Lora was always putting others first. Jenna’s favorite blanket is still the one she made for her. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

  36. Dufner Family says:

    Workin Family, Very sad to hear the news. Thinking about you all.

  37. Wayne Ulven says:

    We will miss a beautiful friend who lit up every room she entered with energy and life! She held her family and friends dear and we loved her. Wayne and Nancy

  38. Tami & Joel Sirek says:

    I am so sorry to hear this!!
    I have many memories teaching with her at Wahpeton Middle School, being friends with her over that past years. Hearing all about James & Matthew& Lowell.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Tami Sirek

  39. Mark & Penny Natwick says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your wife, mom and sister. I met Lora a few times at Sheila’s house and I always remember telling Sheila there was no doubt that Lora was the one in charge and the boss of the Schumacher sisters😀. Sending prayers for peace and comfort to you all during this time of grieving.

  40. Joni Workin says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of the passing of Lora…what a wonderful wife, mother, sister and friend she was…Lowell and boys, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  41. John and Teresa Rostad says:

    Lowell, Matthew, and James

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Lora. Lora will be missed by so many family and friends, which goes without saying. Lora was always so kind, outgoing, and such a great pleasure to chat with when we saw her. God bless you during this time.

  42. Andy and Raquel Draovitch says:

    Lora will be missed

  43. Mary and Tim Pull says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your dear Lora.
    May God give you peace and reunite you in heaven,
    Mary and Tim Pull

  44. Kristy and Andy says:

    We’re sending hugs to all.

  45. Cody Draovitch says:

    I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Workin was a very great person and an amazing teacher. She will be dearly missed.

  46. Cassie Wulfekuhle says:

    What a beautiful tribute and service for Lora! Lowell, James and Matthew, our heart are with you and we hope you find peace in the memories you hold dear with your wife and mom.

  47. Janie and Larry Johnson says:

    Lowell, James and Mathew, We are so so sad to hear about Lora. I always liked her, she was so friendly and easy to talk to. A great gal, she really loved you guys. We are sad for you all. We aren’t far away if we can do anything please don’t hesitate to ask.
    Janie and Larry Johnson

  48. Tom and Faye Erbes says:

    To the Workin Family. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Lora. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories she made for you…God’s blessings to you all.

  49. Harvey and Joanne says:

    It was a beautiful service.

  50. Arnold and Gerda Jordheim says:

    Our deepest Condolences. We are so sorry for your loss.

  51. Chris Jordheim says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. You’re in my prayers

  52. Jim Leith says:

    I came to know Betty and Ray through PFLAG when I was at Holy Cross Church. I have long supported the Joel Workin scholarship. What a lovely tribute you put together in the video. The pictures and the music were very touching. I see she was a wonderful woman. My thoughts go out to you. May you be comforted with fond memories. Jim Leith, Minneapolis, MN

  53. Sahl family says:

    Dear Workin Family, We are so very sorry to hear of Lora’s sudden passing, it is such a shock for all of you. Our community was blessed to have her as a teacher. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  54. Jerry, Sarah, and family says:

    You are all in our prayers. This is such a loss!
    May you all experience the guidance and comfort of our Lord.

  55. Ron and Ellen Ista says:

    Lowell and family,
    Praying for comfort and strength for you at the difficult time.

  56. Kim Schatzke says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I met Lora while attending VCSU. Lora, Pam and I would have fun whenever we were together. We always enjoyed listening to Karma while Pam’s husband would play drums. Lora had such a happy bubbly personality that anyone who met her liked her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  57. Gordon and Rita Cermak says:

    So sorry. Rest in Peace Lora

  58. Deb (Jahraus) Bender says:

    Sandy, Shiela, Betty and Pam,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how “The Schumacher Girls” always stuck together and know you will miss her dearly. Sending you all love, and prayers for many many pleasant memories. I wish you and her entire family peace and comfort.

  59. Kathleen says:

    So sorry for your loss~Lora was a great lady. Thoughts and prayers for your family from the Lingens

  60. Cindy Rohrick says:

    So sorry to hear about Lora.

  61. Gus and Clare says:

    Hey Lowell and boys was so sorry to hear about your loss. Our hearts are breaking for you! What a wonderful a person she was!
    Love Gus and Clare!

  62. Nikki hahn says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Lora, she was my favorite person to visit with. Made me feel like I was super special for just being me. Prayers to you boys- know she touched many more lives that you would ever know

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