Mary Jorgensen

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner.

Burial was in the Winner City Cemetery. Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary was born on July 22nd, 1927 in the family home of her parents, Leonard and Mabel Storms. She was the youngest of eight children. Her mother died when Mary was only six years old. Mary was raised by her siblings. She attended elementary school at the Clearview School in Clearfield and graduated from Winner High School in 1945.

After high school, she worked at the Tripp County Auditor’s Office until July of 1946. On July 27th, 1946, she married Martin Jorgensen Jr. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Winner. For 72 years, she and Martin worked side by side to raise a family and grow a successful business. They moved to the family farm in Ideal after they were married. She was involved as a leader in 4-H, the South Dakota Cattle Women’s Association and the Ideal school. From their home on the family farm, where they lived almost the entirety of their marriage, they raised four children: Judy, Jean, Greg, and Bryan.

She enjoyed gardening, canning, playing cards, and embroidery. Mary also had a deep appreciation for family history and the task of researching and compiling these substantial genealogies required great patience, which Mary most certainly had.

Mary was known for her strong faith in Christ and involvement in the Catholic Church, including being a 71-year member of the Catholic Daughters Court Mary Imelda. It was with this unshakeable faith, and practically unshakable patience, that she was able to guide Martin as they built their lives and continued to guide many members of her family through theirs as well.

Mary Jorgnsen, age 91, of Ideal, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Center in Winner.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Martin Jorgensen Jr.; four children, Judy (Tom) Peschio, Jean (Gary) Davis, Greg (Deb) Jorgensen, and Bryan (Brenda) Jorgensen; sisters-in-law Ruth O’Keefe and Leona Storms; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and numerous relatives.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings Clara Frank, Mamie Crane, Gen Fast, Leo Storms, Donald Storms, Emerald Diez, and Cecilia (Johnny) Kartak.

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