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Barbara Jean Jorgensen

A private family service will be held at a later date for Barbara Jorgensen, 94, of Marshall.

Barbara Jean Lehrer was born December 22, 1927, in Springfield, MN, the daughter of Georgia and Arthur Lehrer, one of seven children. She attended Springfield High School and graduated in June of 1945. That fall she enrolled at The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, and graduated with a degree in education. She taught school in Browns Valley, MN, Robbinsdale, MN, and Holy Redeemer School in Marshall. In June of 1953, she married Dick Jorgensen.  They were married for 64 years. They lived in Marshall, raised their active family of 6 children with love and laughter, ran numerous businesses together, and were active in the community, Southwest MN State University causes and the church. 

Barbara loved living in their close-knit neighborhood and established lifelong friendships in Marshall with all her neighbors, but especially with Louise Quam, Bea Taintor, the Bigler family, Lois Henkel, her church circle, and her “Lunch Bunch.” Her faith and her church were a very important part of her life. It was often said by her husband, Dick, that there was no doubt that Barbara will end up in heaven, and he believed she prayed and attended church enough to also cover him. They absolutely loved their cabin on Big Stone Lake and spent time there with family and friends every summer weekend. Barbara was a kind, generous, thoughtful and optimistic woman.

Barbara died on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the Prairie Home Hospice McLaughlin House. Barbara is survived by daughter Mary Jorgensen-Haynes (Tom), grandson Jim Haynes (Megan), great-granddaughters Grace and Evelyn Haynes; daughter Susan Jorgensen, granddaughter Anna Hiebert; daughter Jean Boston (Haywood), grandchildren Cassondra Richards (Jeff), Chad Boston, Olivia Gillespie (Camron), great-grandchildren Vera Richards, Kai Gillespie; son Mark Jorgensen (Susan), granddaughter Janelle Jorgensen; daughter Nancy Meyer (Brad), granddaughter Kathryn Klundt (Taylor), great-grandson Oliver and Aiden Klundt; son Paul Jorgensen (Amber), grandchildren Sara Jorgensen and Dan Jorgensen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her mother and father, and her two brothers and four sisters.

Memorials preferred to the Richard and Barbara Jorgensen Scholarship fund at SMSU, Holy Redeemer Church, or Prairie Home Hospice. 

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Our mom so enjoyed spending time with Barb. So sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead.

Julieann Lanoue May 15 2022 1:20 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Jorgensen

Julieann Lanoue May 15 2022 1:16 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Jorgensen

Anna May 9 2022 12:05 PM

Sending blessings to Barbara's family... She was a bright light that I looked forward to seeing every day at the McLaughlin House. I immensely enjoyed our conversations; her quick smile always brought one to my face too. May she rest in peace.

Robyn Coquyt May 6 2022 3:25 PM

The world is a little less today with the passing of this kind and gentle lady. I knew her as the mother of a my childhood friend, but also as a neighbor that watched over my kids as they walked home from school. I’ve admired her parenting, her Christian spirit and her loving smile for years. She will be missed by many. My sincere love goes out to you on your very precious loss.

Jennifer Wilson May 5 2022 11:33 PM

My sincere condolences to Nancy and her family. It sounds like your mom dropped buckets of love everywhere before she crossed over. I pray for your peace

Lisa Griffith May 5 2022 2:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Jorgensen

Lisa Griffith May 5 2022 2:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Jorgensen

Jamie Kiefer May 5 2022 7:24 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Jorgensen

Deb Gordon May 4 2022 10:23 PM