Joanne Jorgenson

Joanne Jorgenson, of Prior Lake, was born to eternal life on April 29, 2019 at the age of 73. She was a loving mother, wonderful grandma & dear friend. Joanne will be missed deeply by all who loved her.

A Celebration of Life Service is Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM with a time of gathering one-hour prior at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant St. SE) in Prior Lake. Jean Breeggemann & Jenny Becker will lead the service, and Joanne’s grandchildren will be her urn bearers. Joanne will be laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in North Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, please donate money in Joanne’s honor to Westbridge Student Mission Trips.  Jacob Brommer, her grandson will be going on the Westbridge mission trip to Louisville, Kentucky this summer.  (www.westbridgechurch.com)

On New Year’s Day 1946, Joanne Marie Halek was born to parents Joe & Linnette (Olson) Halek. She was the seventh of eight children. Joanne loved growing up in North Minneapolis. She was a good child, but always had a little spunk to her. Joanne learned at an early age that she didn’t need a huge group of friends, but rather preferred a few close friends. She spent most of her childhood hanging out with her friends, Darlene & Jeanine.

After graduating from Patrick Henry High School, Joanne attended the MN School of Business. She completed her studies and began working for a local CPA. Joanne liked the work, but the best job she ever had was being a mother. Joanne was blessed with two daughters, and she dedicated her life to them. Although life wasn’t always easy for Joanne, she did all she could to provide a good life for Dawn & Tonia. Joanne truly loved her girls.

Joanne and the girls spent a lot of time at her family’s cabin up north. Even though she didn’t like swimming, Joanne loved being near the water. The Jorgenson girls had many fun adventures together. They went to concerts (like Prince & Michael Jackson) and even took a trip to Chicago to see Oprah!

In the late 80’s, Joanne moved to Prior Lake. Her home was right on the water, and she loved spending time enjoying the view of the Lake. Joanne had such great neighbors and made many wonderful friends in Prior Lake. She even became a “Bonus Grandma” to her best friend Rita’s granddaughter Kaelie. Together they spent countless hours on Joanne’s deck watching the sunset over a cup of coffee and a cigarette. Rita and Joanne were the best of friends and made many wonderful memories together including the time they watched the solar eclipse. They danced around with their scarves singing “Aquarius.” They danced around with their scarves singing “Aquarius.” Joanne was also very close with her nieces Kelly & Amy.  She talked to them daily and cherished their friendship. Joanne enjoyed knitting, crocheting and spending time with her beloved dogs.

Joanne had many interests, but the most important thing in her life was her grandkids. They brought a new joy into her life and refreshed her spirit. She would do anything for them and treasured every moment spent with them. Brandon, Jacob & Lauren were such a blessing to Joanne, and they filled her heart with so much love.

Joanne and her grandkids would play games, watch movies, work on puzzles, laugh and hangout on her deck, they built huge Lego towers and created beautiful art projects.  Joanne really enjoyed watching the grandkids swim in the pool.  Lauren had a special Mermaid Swim Tail that provided hours of endless joy for grandma to watch her flutter around in the pool.  To satisfy the, “I’m hungry’s” from the grandkids, Joanne always had food in the oven or a finger on the phone to order take out from one of her favorite spots, which included the Olive Garden or Outback Steak House.

Throughout her life, Joanne was known to be a spitfire. She was always quick with a feisty comment and had a great sense of humor. Joanne was generous, loyal and selfless. Family was incredibly important to her, and she loved her family deeply. As a strong Christian woman, she showed everyone that she loved Jesus with her whole heart. Joanne is now home in Heaven with her Lord & Savior.

She will live on in the hearts of her daughters, Dawn (Chad) Brommer & Tonia Jorgenson; grandkids, Brandon Brommer, Jacob Brommer & Lauren Brommer; siblings, Janice (Roger) Olson, Jeanette (Ron) Wald, Joe (Beverly) Halek, Jim (Nelly) Halek; many dear friends & neighbors. Joanne was preceded by her parents, Joe & Linnette “Cookie” Halek; brother, Jerry Halek; infant siblings; special dogs, Joey & Archie.

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  1. Cortnie Helgeson

    Dawn and Family,
    I am blessed to have known your mom. The laughs and jokes and all the advice she would give me over the years. I will hold it dear to my heart. Joanne played an intricate part in our family, she knew us all too well. My mother and Jo’s friendship was special,they were best friends, if I couldn’t get ahold of my mom I knew she was either on the phone with Jo or Jo knew where she was. She would laugh at me and say ” that’s your mother”. I will miss our talks, her sassiness, but most of all I will miss her… I love you Joanne. This isn’t a goodbye this is a I’ll see you later

  2. Your mom, my aunt, was one of my best and cloest friends. We talked every day. She would call me in the morning when she got up. I was at work but that didn’t matter to me. Then I would call her on my way home in the car. Then at night she call and we would talk for hours, sometimes just to watch a movie together or Survivor. She was such a huge part of my life that is now void and will be tough to fill. I loved her dearly and will miss her a greatly.

  3. Mary Jorgenson

    Joanne family and love once, I am sorry for your loss. I pray for the family not a easy time go throw. Look to god he will help you….

  4. Chuck & JoAnn Fulks

    Joanne family I know you will miss her dearly, she was a great person and a wonderful friend. Was great seeing her last summer when JoAnn & I were in MN GOD bless her & send me the address for your mission trip. Chuck & JoAnn Fulks. Bradenton, FL 34210

  5. Laurence Denning

    I had the privilege of meeting of meeting Joanne on my first visit to the USA in 1991 she loved my English dry sense of humour . A lovely lady and a friend. My thoughts are with Dawn and family at this time. Rest in peace my USA sister xx

  6. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends. May you find some comfort in the promise found in Revelation 21: 3-4 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14. Knowing that there is an opportunity to be reunited with loved ones.

  7. Joanne and I were the best of friends. We actually were out that afternoon running errands . Our last words with a hug was “I love you” I’m sure she would tell everybody that no matter where we were something ridiculously stupid would happen. We would laugh so hard and then talk about it for days. She knew me so well and I her. I will miss her so much . We talked 2 to 4 times a day. We talked about our Savior and shared the many blessings
    He gave us. Including our friendship. There is peace in my heart to know that I will see her again on that beautiful shore.. May God give the family peace in their hearts through this difficult time.

  8. Joanne was a great sister-In-law. She was always a lot of fun to talk to. I loved her honest comments and sense of humor. She always had plenty of time to talk and never did I feel rushed. We had so much fun decorating the two models in the Harbor together. Always with a lot of laughs. She was available to our kids when we lived down the street from her. She was always helped them when they needed to get out of a jam. She had time to share. I loved her very much and will miss her.

  9. Joanne was a great sister-in-law. I always enjoyed her honest comments and sense of humor. She was relaxed in conversation and I never felt rushed. We had a lot of fun and many laughs decorating the models at the Harbor together. She was an available friend and aunt to Jason and Amy and always helped them out a jam , if need be , when we lived down the street from her. She was a beautiful woman and I will miss her dearly. ❤️

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