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Dorothy Jorgenson

Born: Sun., Mar. 14, 1920
Died: Wed., Jun. 26, 2013


12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, Mon., Jul. 01, 2013
Location: Our Saviors Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Mon., Jul. 01, 2013
Location: Our Saviors Lutheran Church

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Dorothy Jorgenson, of Montevideo, died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at the Chippewa Co - Montevideo Hospital at the age of 93.  Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Montevideo with Rev. Donald S. McKee and Rev. Scott Jorgenson officiating.  Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church.

Dorothy Elsie (Rottunda) Jorgenson was born on March 14, 1920 in Hartley, IA to Max and Lillian (Swanson) Rottunda. She was baptized in 1920 in May City, IA and attended rural schools in Iowa.  As a young girl, her family moved to the Granite Falls, MN area, where she attended rural school in District 20, was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in 1935 and graduated from Granite Falls High School in 1937.  She took teacher’s training at Windom College in Montevideo and received her diploma in 1938. She taught school for three years in rural Chippewa County. On August 24, 1941, she was united in marriage to Harlan Jorgenson at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montevideo.  They lived in Canby, MN for several years and spent from 1949 until 1978 in Redwood Falls, MN.  While in Redwood Falls, she was the sales manager and later the manager of “The Spinning Wheel” fabric and yarn shop. She was a member of  Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, sang in the church choir, was active in women’s organizations and served as a President of the Ladies Aid.  In 1978, they moved to the Montevideo area, where they built a new home. A number of years ago she moved into Montevideo and was currently a resident at the Luther Haven Nursing Home.    Dorothy was the manager of “The Yarn Corner” fabric/yarn shop in Montevideo for quite a few years.  She was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, participating in the Elderberries, Ladies Choir, Senior Advisory Board, Circle, Lunch Bunch and Altar Guild. She was a member of the Chippewa County Historical Society, Quilters Guild and Dorothy Club.  She enjoyed knitting, sewing, quilting and doing other needle work.

She is survived by; nine children: Barbara (and Col. Retired USA Joe) Lewis of Tucson, AZ; JoAnn (and Bill) Griffiths of Melbourne, Australia; Donald Jorgenson of New Orleans, LA; Rev. Scott (and Cindy) Jorgenson of Riverton, WY; Rebecca (and Jerry) Sundquist of Deephaven, MN; Paul (and Deb) Jorgenson of Apple Valley, MN; Joel (and Kristie) Jorgenson of Milwaukee, WI; Todd Jorgenson of Plymouth, MN and Jonathan (and Andrea) Jorgenson of Hudson, WI; 23 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Ernest Rottunda of Granite Falls, MN and Ted (Peggy) Rottunda of Las Vegas, NV; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harlan in 2010; a daughter, Marita in infancy; two brothers: Henry Rottunda and Herbert Rotunda and three sisters: Veda Mitlyng, Edith Thissen and Ruth Jorgenson.

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Charvey Spencer
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013

Our sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your mother. They are missed no matter how long they have been with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her life.


Kevin, Jane, Ethan & Shane Kellner
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your during this difficult time. May your many memories bring you comfort. Dorothy has lived a long good life and raised a great family.

Kathy Sundstedt
   Posted Thu June 27, 2013
I moved to Montevideo in 1983 and I missed my family and friends. Being a avid cross-stitcher, I soon found the Yarn Shop and a long time friend. She always had time to visit and tell me about Montevideo. My husband and I were involved in bowling and that is where we met the rest of the Jorgensons. Over the years we would visit with Dorothy, Harlan, Bob , Ruth and their daughter, Enid. We had many good times and many laughs!
I hope your memories will help you through this tough time.

Lydia Pokrass
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
Ernest Rottunda
Sorry to hear of Dorothy's passing - our families are dwindling down!! I still miss Veda as well. Heartfelt sympathy to all who will miss Dorothy. She has been a great asset to her community.

Julie Savageau
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013


   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
Oh wonderful double cousins, children of Harlan and Dorothy. My sincerest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. I have so many fond memories of your Mother and Ruth and our families together. Love to you all, Enid

Diahanna Varpness
   Posted Sun June 30, 2013
I would just like to take this time to express my condolences to the family. I was sadden to hear of Dorothy's passing. I work at the nursing home and she was a lovely lovely lady. Always dresses so nice and ALWAYS had a big big smile on her face. Im going to miss Dorothy but now her and Harlan can be together. Will miss walking in her room seeing that wonderful lady sitting in her chair with the biggest smile ever. I will miss seeing all the wonderful pictures sitting on her stand and seeing all the pretty flowers sent from family. Dorothy was truly a very special person to me.
Diahanna Varpness
(watergirl at luther haven)

Andrea Bloedow Koenig
   Posted Tue July 02, 2013
Thinking of all of the Jorgenson family upon the death of their beloved Mother. My memories go back to Redwood Falls where I was a classmate of JoAnn....we went to Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Release Time, Luther League, and Confirmation together. Those growing up years were the best in a small town. Peace to all of you. JoAnn, Shirley Berg called me after the funeral to tell me about your Mom. Send me an email sometime, as I probably don't have an up-to-date one for you anymore.

Andrea Bloedow Koenig

Peggy Davis
   Posted Mon July 08, 2013
Todd so very sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. May your memories bring you peace. Peg

Don Buechler
   Posted Thu July 25, 2013
I just learned that your Mother recently passed away. Please accept my sincere sympathy for you and your extended family.

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