Laurie Herman

Laurie Herman, of Jordan, passed away suddenly on November 14, 2018 at the age of 59.  She was a wonderful woman and loved by so many.

A gathering of family & friends is Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation in Jordan.  Celebration of Life Service is Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM with visitation one-hour prior at Hope Lutheran Church in Jordan.  Pastor Steve Thompson will preside, and Laurie will be laid to rest at Spirit Hill Cemetery in Jordan.

On June 16, 1959, Laurell Lee Peterson was born to Kenneth & Challotta (Goodrich) Peterson. Laurie’s family split their time between their home in Chaska and the family farm in Greenbush.  As a bit of a tomboy, Laurie loved the time spent on the grain farm with her siblings, Leslie, Mitchell, Kerry, Carolynn & Nancy.  It was there that Laurie’s lifelong love of horses began.  On the farm Laurie learned to work hard and play hard. Laurie led her siblings on many fun adventures on the farm.

Laurie graduated from Greenbush High School in 1977.  After school, Laurie stayed up north and helped her father around the farm and with his carpentry work.  Growing up with her mother being ill instilled Laurie’s selfless, caring attitude.

Eventually, Laurie moved down to the cities and began working at Fuller Labs where she met her eventual sister-in-law Donna. Donna set Laurie up on a blind date with her brother, Wes Herman.  They hit it off immediately…it certainly helped that Wes had horses.  Wes and Laurie exchanged wedding vows at a small family ceremony on October 10, 1981.  Laurie didn’t just get a husband, but she also got a daughter, Rachelle.  The following January, Laurie & Wes had another wedding for extended family and friends.  Laurie always loved having two anniversaries and two special days to celebrate their love.

Wes and Laurie settled in Jordan to raise their family.  They were soon blessed with two more children, Lindzey and Heath.  As a family, they enjoyed ice fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time at their cabin.  They took yearly trips to Florida to visit Laurie’s father.  When the kids were little, they had ponies & horses, and Laurie taught them all to ride.  When Wes & Laurie decided to open Herman’s Landscape Supplies, the horse barn had to go.  But Wes promised Laurie that he’d build her a horse barn again when she retired. A promise he fulfilled and Laurie was able to enjoy being a horse owner again.

Laurie was the hardest worker and could handle any job.  She helped with secretarial work, running the front desk & loading customers (even when she was pregnant!!!).  There was no job too big for Laurie.

When Laurie wasn’t working, she spent countless hours at Elko Speedway watching Heath race.  She also enjoyed gardening.  She was a wonderful landscaper and photographed her beautiful flowers.  Laurie loved mowing the lawn, and she had a very specific system for doing it just right.  Her malti-poo Zoe was Laurie’s sidekick for all of this.

Family was the most important thing in Laurie’s life.  She was a wonderful wife and mother, but her true passion was her grandkids.  She would do anything for her grandkids and loved to spoil them.  Every season she’d decorate the trails around their house so Wes could drive the grandkids through the magical scenes.  She loved getting all the kids together for movie nights or special getaways to Kamp Dels.  Laurie was the best grandma, and her grandkids filled her heart with joy.

Laurie was a true caregiver and was always looking out for others.  When Laurie suffered a brain aneurysm, her family knew that Laurie would want to help others.  Laurie’s final act of kindness was as an organ donor.  Her generous gift has already helped many others, and Laurie’s family is so proud of this incredible act.

She will be remembered always by her loving husband, Wes Herman; children, Rachelle (Vance) Kuball, Lindzey (James) Lenzen, Heath (Mandi) Herman; grandchildren, McKenzie, Blake Robert, Blake Wesley, Aiden, Grace, Hailie & Chase; siblings, Leslie Peterson, Mitchell (Debbie) Peterson, Kerry (Kathy) Peterson, Carolynn (Tom) Funk, Nancy Peterson; step-brothers, Jon (Beth) Lillevold, Grant (Kathy) Lillevold, Paul (Dawn) Lillevold, Dale (Janet) Lillevold; other loving relatives, the entire Hope Lutheran congregation and many dear friends.  Laurie was greeted in Heaven by her parents.




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  1. Wes, Lindsey, Heath and families.
    I’ve tried several times to write something to you and words simply cannot express how sad we are for you. We are here for you.
    Mary and Dale

  2. Doug and Chris Berg

    Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. May she rest in the arms of Jesus.

  3. Kevin and Tami Theis

    Our family is deeply saddened to hear about Laurie. We are here for you. We will see you Tuesday
    Psalm 147:3
    “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds”

  4. Pamela Lusignan Nelson

    May memories of Laurie and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

  5. Pamela Lusignan Nelson

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

  6. We are truly sorry for your loss and sending our heartfelt sympathy at this time. Peace be yours.
    Tom and Char Voigt

  7. Sympathy n Prayers to All. What a Great Gal always willing to be off service…

  8. Wes and, so sorry for your loss…the couple of times that I met Laurie was, well, a real treat…so kind,,so nice..
    So proud that she is a donor…a really wonderful, thought full person..

  9. So sorry to hear Wes. Sending loving energy and our sympathy goes out to you and your family.

  10. I’m so sorry..May God comfort you each one as only He knows how and shine His loving care upon you. Love You, Carolynn!

  11. 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.

  12. Paul Kubista (Twin City Seed Company)

    We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.
    Paul Kubista & Twin City Seed Company

  13. Very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  14. Right now, when your loss is so fresh, it may be difficult for you to imagine that this pain will ever go away. But in time the blessing of God’s unfailing love will soften the hurt you’re feeling and bring your heart the peace, comfort and hope that it needs to heal. How? Revelation 21:4 tells us that soon everything that causes us pain, including death, will be gone forever. We also have the hope of our loved ones being resurrected here on earth, as Acts 24:15 tells us. I do hope you find comfort in this.
    Though I did not know Laurie, she sound like a beautiful person. I am touched by your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  15. So sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. She was such a loving and caring individual. She will be shining her light down on all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. We are so sorry for your loss. What a shock to hear . Jack and I send prayers and hugs.

  17. June and Robert Aufderhar

    We were so shocked and so very sorry to hear about Laurie’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to the whole family. Laurie will be missed by so many of us.

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