(May 31, 1923 - December
Ruth Esther (Rottunda) Jorgenson, of Montevideo, died on
Saturday, December 31, 2011, at the Springdale Foster Home, El Paso, Texas, at
the age of 88. Funeral services will be
conducted on Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11:00 A.M., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
in Montevideo with Rev. Donald S. McKee officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday late afternoon
and evening at the Anderson Funeral Home in Montevideo with the family present
from 5–7 P.M. and a prayer service at 6:30 P.M.
Ruth Esther Rottunda, daughter of Max Carl Frederick Rottunda
and Lillian Malvina Swanson, was born on May 31, 1923, at the family home in
Baker Township, Osceola County, Iowa.
Ruth was baptized in St. John’s Lutheran Church at May City, Iowa, on
July 22, 1923, and confirmed in April of 1938 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of
Montevideo. On September 15, 1946, she
married Robert Warren Jorgenson, son of Engebret Johannes Jorgenson and Elise
Marie Erlandson of Montevideo, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Montevideo.
Ruth was active in her grade school years. Headlines read, “Little Orphan Annie’s
Recitation Beats Cicero and Wins State Fair Prize”. Ruth, then a third grade pupil in Granite
Falls, won first prize in the Minnesota State Declamation competition. Chorus and Drama Club were some of her
After graduating high school in 1941, Ruth attended college
and received a two-year teaching certificate from Moorhead State Teachers
College, and thereafter taught for three years in elementary school in Clara
City, MN. In 1965, Ruth started working
for Dist. 0129 as a secretary at the Sanford Elementary School in
Montevideo. Ruth semi-retired in 1987,
but still worked for six weeks each summer as the financial bookkeeper for the
West Central Migrant Project.
After full retirement, Ruth enjoyed
music, flowers, gardening, games and puzzles, a charm bracelet collection, and
visiting with family and friends. She
particularly enjoyed singing the songs from old greats such as Tony Bennett,
Lena Horne, and Frank Sinatra.
Ruth is survived by her four children: Warren and Jan Lee
Jorgenson of La Paz, BCS, Mexico, Enid
(Jorgenson) Korsmeyer of Tulsa, OK, Eric and Oraline Jorgenson of
Hinckley, OH, Mary (Jorgenson) Mendez and Alphonse Mendez of El Paso, TX, nine
grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
Ruth is also survived by two
brothers: Ernest Edward Rottunda of
Granite Falls, MN, and Theodore Robert Rottunda of Las Vegas, NV; a
sister, Dorothy Elsie (Rottunda)
Jorgenson of Montevideo, MN, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Robert W.
Jorgenson, her mother Lillian Malvina
(Swanson) Rottunda, her father Max
Carl Frederick Rottunda, two brothers, Henry Albert Rottunda and Herbert
Elmer Rottunda, and by sisters, Veda Louise (Rottunda)
Mitlyng and Edith Margaret (Rottunda) Thissen.
"Together Again Forever"