Annabell Theresa (Shofding) Jorgens
Ann passed while living in Tigard, OR at the wonderful age of 90. Born in 1931 of Danish immigrants, she was one of three children who were raised in NE Portland and graduated from Jefferson High School. She was well known in the Portland engineering, architectural and construction communities during the 1950's and 1960's.
She met Fritz Jorgens during those years and, after the loss of his wife, they dated then married in 1962, creating a family with Fritz and his teen son. Soon after, they started a successful commercial construction company until their retirement in 1985. In 1974 they relocated to outside of Canby, OR on 40 acres and eventually creating a hazelnut orchard. They both loved the solitude and solace of the countryside.
She adored Mother's Weekends at Oregon State and became an honorary Beaver-for-Life.
Ann was a dear friend to many and a caregiver at heart. She lost her father at age 13 and began working to help support her mother. Throughout her life, she cared for mothers and friends as they aged and passed. Always a wry wit and kind word, she was loved by many.
Her family grew and she enjoyed every moment. Known as Grammy to her great-grandchildren, she doted on them often.
She lost Fritz early in 1995 and cherished their wonderful marriage. Ann was one to "mate for life" and never remarried. She is survived by her son Bill (Judi) Jorgens; grandson Chris (Theresa) and his son Peter Jorgens; and granddaughter Stephanie (Derek) Wade and her children Oliver, Riley Ann, Dylan, Ellie and Abby. She is also survived by her niece Sherrill Lincoln (Portland)
Her funeral will be on August 12, 2021 1pm at Canby Funeral Chapel where she will be reunited with Fritz at Zion Cemetery.
Ann lived a wonderful life and for that we are eternally grateful for her spirit, love and kindness.