In Memory of

Julie Kay Jorgenson

July 26, 1956 - December 12, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Julie Kay Jorgenson

Julie Kay Jorgenson

Born: July 26, 1956
Died: December 12, 2020
Age: 64

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Last night as I (her eldest daughter) was taking a hot bath and naturally thinking of my mom’s last breaths, I was interrupted by the shower attachment going off and spraying me with freezing water.

It was her.

Our mom was well known for countless things, but perhaps over them all, was being a prolific prankster.

The fake puke on bar floors and fake poop in hot tubs, the burnt hot pads or busted appliances she gave for shower gifts, the lids removed and hidden from countless private or public toilets, the shoes of loved ones tied to chairs or toilet plumbing, the opening of every kitchen cupboard in others houses, the canned goods in loved ones luggage, vegetables in visitors shoes, and how she asked guests (often our teenage friends) if they wanted her bath water.

She loved to play along with telemarketers (which I think is why she never got rid of her landline) and when people would call asking for my dad up until the end (they had been divorced for 15 years) , she would tell them he was out behind the barn and had been for years.

As a child, she was shy and abhorred attending birthday parties.

This introversion extended into adulthood, where her absolute favorite place to be was in her home that she was SO proud of.  Close family labeled her “Queen Ju of the Little Sioux” for the countless hours she spent sitting on her deck in the warmer months or from her house in the colder months just staring out over the pasture and river. We can just see her now, under her umbrella, dog in lap, with a glass of wine.

A woman of great strength and resolve, she ran the gravel quarter around the farm as a teenager, preparing herself to be one of the fastest female runners the state of Iowa had ever seen.  During her high school track career, she broke countless records including one at the district level only to be broken years later by Olympian Natasha Kaiser.  She won several state championships, and was so fast that even a state official was sent to her home track to measure to make sure she was real.  Her sprinting prowess even led her to be an Olympic contender.

She was a physical specimen most her life, fit and as muscular as a woman could be.  She worked out like a maniac for decades and was known to cross country ski all the way from Royal to Spencer.  She ran on Thunder Bridge where she always said she “beat out her demons” and would pray.  She went on countless RAGBRAIS (her one “week off” from childrearing and housework a year, always over her birthday) and enjoyed cross country ski trips and long bike rides on the country roads.

Her style was impressive and she looked like she had just walked out of a Sundance catalog.  In fact, it is imperative that people continue to purchase from Sundance or it may go bankrupt.

She loved nature, Airstream trailers, roosters, indoor and outdoor fires, boutique shopping, camping, traveling, dogs (from Newfoundlands to her last sidekick, a playful goldendoodle named Obi), but most of all, she loved her family.

Her entire world revolved around her family. She was as devoted and involved as a mother/daughter/wife/grandmother/sister as one human could be.  This sense of family was instilled in her children.

She absolutely adored her mother and spent countless days with her after my Grandpa Larry died.

Our mother met the second and final love of her life, Randy, in 2012.  He was a teddy bear of a man and took very good care of her in every way she needed.  She adored him and would cherish watching him finish his work in the barn and tend to the hay and the sheep at night. He was of great comfort to her and she said just days before she died, “Randy was sent to me by God”.

It is true that our mother suffered from deep depression for much of her life and when exercise was taken from her due several serious surgeries, her vitality and mental health declined.

It was found in the early autopsy report that she had unknowingly been suffering the side effects of a completely blocked artery.  Between this and the love of her lost son, it is our family’s belief that she died of a broken heart.

No one loved her family more fiercely than my mother and the magnitude of our loss is immense.

She will live on in her husband (Randy Jorgenson) of Spencer, her mother (Shirley Olson) of Okoboji, her daughters Niki (Brandon) Conover and Brittany (Ben) Berger of Iowa City, son Drew Jacobsen of Spencer, sister Lesa (Craig) Manning of Royal, seven grandchildren, and her faithful dog Obi.

She will meet in heaven her son Alex, her brother Jeff, and her father Larry.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Church on West Park Street in Spencer, IA (Formerly Gary's On The River).

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family to benefit Mental Health Care in Clay County.

Julie Jorgenson Memorial Fund
Box 180
Spencer, Iowa 51301
Burial will be held privately at a later date.


Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:15 AM
“So sorry for your loss. She will be missed tremendously. You guys are in my prayers.”
- Debbie Alexander
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 8:33 AM
“I am so sorry for the loss of Julie and Alex. Julie was my first friend after moving here and has been for years. I heard a lot about her family that she loved so much. She is an amazing, and beautiful lady. ”
- Lezly Boblit
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 2:42 PM
“A wonderful person, life and family. We send our prayers for comfort for all the family.”
- Curtis & Linda Alexander
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 10:22 AM
“To all of Julie's family, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this difficult time. May God grant his peace and comfort for all, and wishing you many memories of this wonderful woman. Julie you will be missed.”
- Randy Immeker
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:17 AM
“Sending thoughts and prayers. May Julie Rest In Peace she was a wonderful friend to my mother. She will be deeply missed by my family. ”
- Kirsten De Rosa
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 8:37 PM
“My deepest sympathies go out to all of you....I am so very sorry to learn of Julie's passing. We were special comrades and shared a strong bond of friendship based on the unexpected journey life had in store for both of us. She lifted me up when I was in the depths of despair and guided me through some really tough times. I'll never forget her kindness and tender care, and big love. And yes, the pranks, too! Blessings.....”
- Molly Sue McDonald
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:13 AM
“My heart goes out to the whole family. You must feel like you are walking through fire this month! I know you will lean on each other. Sending love and strength. ”
- Terri Mahoney
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 9:19 AM
“Nikki, My heart hurts so badly for you....just wish I could call and talk to you like YOU used to do when I was your teacher. And, I am sending the biggest HUG ever to let you know how much a care. Your family has gone through more sadness this past month.....just know that others are praying for you and care so much.
Now, to the rest of the family:
Slowly, time will heal you, Peacefully, warm memories will sustain you and help ease your pain and sorrow.
May you all find the strength you need through the loving, caring thoughts of those around you.
You are in my thoughts and prayers....”
- Audrey Schmidt (Nikki's teacher)
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:51 AM
“I am heart broken for Julie's family. We should have reached out more. She was such a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Spouse. May God embrace you and give comfort. She has given so much.”
- Myra J Coover
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 5:13 PM
“That "prankster" mentality really ran in the family because I was lucky enough experience many of the pranks by her sons, Alex and Drew. What an amazing (and hilariously funny) family she has raised. I can imagine Alex welcoming her to her final home with a grin and open arms. Praying for the Jacobsen and Jorgenson families in the days ahead and holiday season. ”
- Ally Borchers (Mahrt)
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 3:32 PM
“Such precious words about a precious woman. We stand with you - heartbroken, yet ever hopeful in Christ! God be your strength. - Susan & Tim Christensen & Family”
- Susan & Tim Christensen
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:30 PM
“Julie and I met at a neighborhood party at her beautiful home, shortly after I arrived back in town after many years away. We clicked immediately because we both obviously liked to dress for fun! I think it was my Sundance boots that started the conversation. We met a couple times after that and I so enjoyed her Spencer perspective and we shared stories of several mutual friends from the past. When you are new in town it’s so lovely to have new friends to meet and chat and have lunch. We did that. She made me laugh and feel welcome. We both love Jesus and that gave us common ground immediately. We didn’t have a lot of time together before she went home, but I loved meeting and getting to share a snippet of our lives together. Thank you, Julie. ”
- Deb Burow
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:34 AM
“My heart aches for you at this time of deep and profound loss. May God hold you close... just as surely we will continue to pray for you, all of Julie and Alex's loved ones. With sincere sympathy... ”
- Marcia Steffen
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 2:15 PM
“Olson, Jacobson, and Jorgenson families,
Hope it helps to know that others care for you as you mourn the deaths of Julie and Alex.
Hard to believe the horrible chain of events.
We care.
Sincerely Larry King & Dianne Binder”
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:26 AM
“Julie’s family,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
The world has lost someone very special.”
- Denise & Loren Reit
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:26 AM
“To Julie’s family and her many friends, you have my deepest sympathy. Julie was one of my favorite nieces. She had a great sense of humor, and I used to have a lot of fun joking around with her! May she rest in peace. Her Uncle Duane Alexander”
- Duane
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:26 AM
“Deepest sympathy to all of your family. Please feel the love n prayers n caring shared with you through this tragic time. God is yet with you through this dark valley.”
- Maureen Horsley
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 11:26 AM
“Words can't begin to express my feelings and heartfelt sympathy to the family!!! Julie and I started kindergarten together, went to the same church, and graduated together. We lived a lot of our young years together. May God wrap his arms around you during this horrendous time. May your love and good memories carry you through. Your family are in my husband and my prayers.”
- Ruben & Donnis (Eninger) Stugart
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“I don't know if Julie liked to sail, but it seems the Naval adage, "Fair Winds and Following Seas" is appropriate at this time of immense grief for her family. I hope that they can take comfort in the many great memories they share of someone who will be missed by so many.”
- Lori Hoberg Adams
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“So sorry to hear about Julie she was a great step aunt my thoughts and prayers are with Randy and family”
- Jake Jorgenson
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“Olson & Jacobson families, My deepest sympathies to all. May Our Lord be with you now and always. ”
- Tami Mugge Diekmann
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“To Julie's family, with deep condolences for a loss that you are enduring. May you hold tight the memories only to share and treasure.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“Julie and I were friends since childhood. She was a fun companion, and an ingenious prankster. I was devastated to hear of her death. Your family has gone through so much sadness in the past few weeks that it's hard to find words to express my sympathy. I will keep all of you in my prayers, and hope that your happy memories of Julie bring you some comfort.”
- Sue Brugman
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“Julie and Alex's family,
We are so so sorry for the loss of our good friends, in Jesus we pray.”
- Everette and Crystal Handy
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:38 AM
“May God bless you all with peace and comfort at this time. ”
- Susie and Tim Brinkley
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5:49 PM
“To Julie’S family. There are no words. Your family has had to face so much. Praying for all of you in this most difficult time. I have some biking stories I will share with your family someday. We sure had many great rides. May God comfort you all. Mark and Sharon”
- Sharon and Mark Cameron
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5:39 PM
“My heartfelt sympathies to your family......thinking of you all”
- Kent and Nicole Christensen
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5:15 PM
“I am so very sorry for the tremendously sad loss in this family. May God give them all strength, comfort, and peace some how. Heartwrenching can't even describe it. A mother's love never stops and may her children and grandchildren be strong and loved, as her husband also. Please give them only blessings at this awful time. She is now with her son who left us too soon....may God keep them close now.”
- Stacey J. Halling-Caskey
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5:15 PM
“To Julie’s entire family. Words cannot begin to express the sadness I am feeling after learning about her passing. You have all been tested beyond belief but hopefully know that people are praying for your strength to survive another tragic death. God bless all of you. ”
- Becky LaBarre
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5:15 PM
“Julie was more than a farm neighbor she was one of my best friends growing up! I only have fond memories of her in school along with her wicked sense of humor and the art of pranking! With a heavy heart I send hugs and prayers to Randy and everyone in the family! I will miss her dearly! 🙏🏽 Barbara Swanson DeRosa”
- Barbara Swanson DeRosa
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3:35 PM
“Sad for your loss prayers sent for Randy and family during this most difficult time.”
- Michael C Watland
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3:35 PM
“Julie’s family- she will be missed. So sorry for your loss. ”
- Vickie Peters
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 3:03 PM
“To Julie's family,
Sending our deepest condolences.
Julie was such beautiful soul.
We will miss her so very much.
Hugs & prayers from the Nair's🙏🙏🙏”
- Luana Nair
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 2:19 PM
“The the olson, Jacobson and Jorgensen families. We send our sincerest condolences to you all. You will stay in our prayers. ”
- Ted and Diane Larsen
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 2:19 PM
“Julie's Family,
You all have my most sincere condolences at this heart-rendering time. I don't have the perfect words to say, just know I am tenderly keeping your family in my prayers. Blessings to you, as you rest in your Savior's comforting embrace. ”
- Claudia Orwig
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