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Wednesday August 24th, 2016
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Carolyn J. Jorgensen

Carolyn J. Jorgensen, 79, of St. Paul, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Rayappa Konka and Ray Kosmicki will concelebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Mrs. Jorgensen was born on Nov. 25, 1936, at Lexington, the daughter of Raymond and Elenore (Weides) Buettner. As a young girl, Carolyn lived with her family in Lexington, Miller and Overton. In 1953, the family moved to Elba, where she graduated from Elba High School in 1955. She was united in marriage to Eugene A. Jorgensen on Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elba. The couple first lived in Grand Island, where Carolyn worked at JC Penney's. In 1956, the couple moved to St. Paul where they raised their seven children and lived the rest of their married life. Last Fall they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Carolyn began working at St. Paul Public Schools in 1971. She worked as a library aide until her retirement in 2002. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, its Council of Catholic Women and was active in the music ministry. She was also a former member of Catholic Daughters Sacred Heart Court of St. Paul and the Mrs. Jaycees. She was a longtime member of the St. Paul Country Club, a former Cub Scout den mother and currently belonged to a local book club and coffee club. Carolyn was an active volunteer in St. Paul for the Crisis Center, Howard County Medical Center and the Hospital Thrift Store. Carolyn loved golfing, sewing, scrap booking, shopping trips, traveling and reading. She also enjoyed family reunions and gatherings and attending her grandchildren's school activities and sporting events. She is survived by her husband, Eugene Jorgensen of St. Paul; her children and spouses, Mark and Karen Jorgensen of Johnston, IA, Brad Jorgensen of St. Paul, Denise and Doug Novak of Carlsbad, CA, Chris and Theresa Jorgensen of Parker, CO, Lisa and Randy Jerabek of St. Paul and Melissa and Dean Trampe of Amherst; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Clarice and Gerald Luther of Omaha; and five brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Leslie Buettner of Henderson, Richard and Shirley Buettner of Norfolk, VA, Ronald and LaVonne Buettner of Lexington, Jack and Pat Buettner of Prescott, AZ and David and Lily Buettner of Surprise, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Steven Jorgensen on May 17, 2013. Memorials are suggested to Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Life Center.

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Such a beautiful video! The love that you all have for each other definitely shines thru. Carolyn was so blessed to have such a strong support system in her hours of need and all thru her life really. Blessings to each of you as you continue your lives as a living legacy of her love and faith.

Stacey Bendfeldt Keller Aug 27 2016 12:41 PM

We extend our condolences of sympathy and send prayers and love . We wish you God's blessings and comforting peace. Eugene, I remember those weekends you and Carolyn would take a venture away and you would call Betty and I to come stay with the children. Wow, were we busy !! God bless. Judy (Schmidt) and Chuck Schwartz

judith schwartz Aug 26 2016 3:24 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this difficult time. Roger & Monica Williams and families

Roger & Monica Williams & Families Aug 24 2016 2:32 PM

I'll be forever grateful for Carolyn and Eugene for opening their home to me when I needed home as I was spending an exchange student year in St. Paul 1993-1994. Carolyn was a great role model and a supporter for someone who had lost her own mother five years ealier and lived a very difficult time in her teenage years far away from home. Carolyn was honest, determined and in a way tough lady but she also was extremely loving, caring and accepting. When someone had something to say, she looked straight into their eyes and really listened. She had an ability to see others needs in a discreet way and care for others. She tauch me a lot about respect for myself and others. She also was a great example of living through very difficult times in her life but still maintaining the hope and optimism. And laughter! I loved her and the whole Jorgensen family humor and crazyness. Two years ago I finally returned to St. Paul with my family and will be forever grateful for having the final chance to spend a couple of days with Carolyn and Peewee and some of their children and grandchildren. Life events often show their meaning a lot later they actually occured. Summer 2014 I had a chance to thank Carolyn for giving me a home, love and a year of normal family life which I actually no longer had back home. The year with Jorgensens ended up being my last childhood year in many ways. I also had a chance to enjoy all kinds of stories which reflected the rich life she was blessed with and seeing the benefits of a big family and remaining close relationships and love. I left feeling very blessed and happy but realizing Carolyn and PeeWee always have a very special place in my heart I will carry the rest of my life. And my three girls having a memory of "the very nice lady in the very tiny town in the middle of almost nowhere". I, my husband Jan and my three girls Eevi, Nelli and Emma send our symphathy to PeeWee, the children and the rest of Jorgensen family and friends. She will be greatly missed :heart: Maija Gustafsson, Helsinki, Finland - a former exchange student 1993-1994

Maija Gustafsson Aug 24 2016 2:15 AM

Loved the visoe. What a tribute

carolyn reimsra Aug 23 2016 8:55 AM

I loved visiting in the home of Eugene and Carolyn when we would visit from Texas...when our own children were toddlers. The Jorgensen house, the old hospital, was filled with its own 7 children. Carolyn was everything I wished to be as a mother...calm, humorous, and lovely. There was such a feeling of love within that house. If ever a person was meant to be a mother, it was Carolyn. Thank you, Lisa, for including all of us not living in NE during these final days with your mom. It was so appreciated to see the photos of Carolyn with her beautiful smile in spite of the devastating illness, and the loving devotion by her children.

Kathy L. Hoffman Aug 22 2016 10:06 AM

What a sweet and wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed by so many. I was a teachers aide with Carolyn many years ago and attended high school with missy. Many fond memories from those years which seem.just like yesterday. God bless sweet angel.

carolyn reimsra Aug 22 2016 8:41 AM

My love and deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she loved all of you so very much. You all now have an awesome Angel looking over all of you. ,She was an awesome lady I feel so privileged to have known her as a cousin and friend, some good laughs together. Cherish everything you had together, know she is at Peace and with her Lord, she so dearly loved. Faith, hugs and Love to all of you. Velda

Velda Peters Aug 22 2016 8:00 AM

So many memories of the Jorgensen family. Grew up at the family home. So many meals that Carolyn fixed for such a tribe! Beautiful family...u are all so blessed.. words are so hard to find at a time of loss but please know our families hearts ache for you all. I'm sure she is happy being with Steve in heaven.. her suffering is now gone...I love you all so much...our sympathy to you all...

Kris Jakubowski Aug 21 2016 10:14 PM

My condolences to the family. She was a lovely lady and will be missed.

Kandee Hymer Aug 21 2016 9:24 PM

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