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Marlene Jorgenson

Sep 12, 2020

Apr. 22, 1934 – Sept. 3, 2020

Marlene Helen Jorgen-

son 86, Rugby, passed

away peacefully on

Thursday, September 3,

2020 at Trinity Nursing

Home where she had been

a resident since breaking

her hip in February.

Marlene was born April

22, 1934, the daughter of

Emil and Helmi Haapoja.

She grew up on the family

farm. Marlene met her

husband Robert “Bob” Jor-

genson and after a very

short courtship, about 6

weeks, they were married

at her parents’ home.

Marlene and Bob

farmed south of Pleasant

Lake where they raised

their four children. In

1971 they moved to the

family farm where Kory,

their youngest son, now

lives and ranches with his


Marlene stayed on the

farm for one year after her

husband passed away be-

fore their 37th anniver-

sary. She then moved into

an apartment in Rugby.

She worked at the Hub for

many years, which was a

perfect job because she

enjoyed visiting and meet-

ing new people. She later

worked at In Stitches for

nine years where the own-

er said she was perfect be-

cause she could visit with

everyone and was so

creative and willing to


Marlene enjoyed being

on a bowling league and

was so happy to go to na-

tionals in Reno, NV. She

was a member of the Ea-

gles Auxiliary, volunteer

for the Hospital Auxiliary,

and Pioneer Village Muse-

um, and a member of First

Lutheran Church, all Rug-


Marlene and Bob loved

to travel, which she con-

tinued to do for many

years. She went to New

York and along the East

Coast. A highlight of her

travels was a trip to Israel

with a dear friend. There

were also many trips to


Marlene was a strong

independent woman. She

loved playing Bingo and

sharing a meal with fami-

ly and friends. When her

kids and grandchildren

came over, she’d say

“Let’s go out to eat.” She

loved her group of lady

friends that met for break-

fast almost every day.

Marlene had a weekly

hair appointment for the

last 50 years. She was al-

ways dressed to the nines

including jewelry of some

kind and finishing with

pretty lipstick. She was al-

ways ready for a good

time. She will be missed

by many.

Marlene is survived by

her three children: Susie

(Darrell) Schneibel, Penny

Jorgenson and Kory (Lin-

da) Jorgenson; six grand-

daughters: Sara (TJ) Cle-

land, Megan Yourk, Jacey

(Bill) Kramer, Courtney

(Keith) Bowman, Nicole

(Willie) Paul and Kassi

Jorgenson (Klay Oland);

eight great grandchildren:

Shacey, Willow, Ellie and

Sadie Kramer, Thomas

and Claire Cleland, Aria

Bowman and Beckett

Paul; sister Carol

McDonald; sisters-in-law:

Estelle Haapoja and Von-

da Haapoja along with

many nieces and


Marlene was preceded

in death by her parents,

husband, son Keith and

brothers Kenny and Bill


A funeral service will

be held at 1:30 p.m. Fri-

day, September 11, 2020

at First Lutheran Church,


Memories and con-

dolences can be shared at



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