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Lorna Jordan (Torwalt)

March 4, 1931 - August 1, 2019


Lorna (nee Torwalt) Jordan was born on March 4, 1931 to August and Emilie Torwalt and passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Kootenay Lake hospital in Nelson B.C.

Lorna grew up on the family farm north of Jansen, SK where she attended the Prairie Rose school. While at home Lorna loved horses and spent a lot of time riding and training them.

On October 15, 1950 she married Archie Jordan from the Dafoe district and moved to St. Catherines, ON for three years where she worked at a news agency. She returned to Saskatchewan and farmed for three years and the next move was to Wynyard. She worked at the Vogue theatre and then the Wynyard pharmacy. Archie had various jobs, primarily with the PFRA, until an opportunity took them to Midale where they operated the Midale Hotel and café for five years.

In Estevan, Lorna worked at a law firm until she made the move to Vancouver in 1980. Lorna worked for a law firm there for many years too, until her retirement.

Lorna was very active – going to exercise classes, line dancing, walks to English Bay every day, volunteering at “Be Well”, doing surveys for the international flights at the airport, working at Purdys, electoral officer during elections, riding her bike along the seawall, enjoying live theater, plays, rock concerts, and socializing with her many friends. She loved to bake and have friends come over for a cup of tea and share in her newest recipe.

Lorna loved to travel and went to Yellowknife, Texas, Australia, Hawaii, Mexico, Las Vegas as well as trips back home to visit family and friends.

Lorna was diagnosed with mild dementia in 2018, and it was then that she moved to Nelson, B.C. to be closer to Val.

Lorna will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her daughters and their families: Val (Frank) Nixon, (Winlaw, BC), Dawn (Dan) Wischniwsky, Dani, (Calgary), Michael (Abby) Roy, Bo, Leo (Nelson); Dianne (Wayne) Ortman (Carlyle, SK), Travis, (Lauri) Eagles, Hope, Hannah, Bethany, Bree (Winnipeg), Jarod (Jenn) Eagles, Asher, Zoe (Phoenix), Brayden (Corrina) DeLaet, (Regina); Brenda Gader, (Swift Current) Brody (Lethbridge). Brothers: Albert Torwalt (Humboldt) Ervin Torwalt (Leroy); Sisters: Minn Biedler (Vancouver), Jean Hoffman (Spalding), Janet Lissel (Humboldt), Florence Mierke (Shell Lake), Irene Friesen (Willie) (Lanigan) along with many nieces and nephews.

Lorna very much appreciated all of the help and support that Randy, her special nephew, gave her throughout the years she lived in Vancouver. Lorna was predeceased by Archie, parents August and Emilie, brothers Bill, and Louie. Brothers-in-law Ben Hoffman and Don Lissel. Sisters in law Beatrice Torwalt and Leatrice Torwalt.

Lorna’s wishes were that she be cremated and her ashes interred in Jansen, SK where her parents are buried.

A celebration of life will take place at the Jansen cemetery, summer of 2020, in Jansen, Saskatchewan.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynda Iwanik
Relation: Friend of family.

Sorry you lost your mother Val. My thoughts are with you and family. Take care.

From: Val Roy
Relation: Daughter

Thinking of you…

From: Linda Rutherglen
Relation: A friend

Lorna ,I really enjoyed all of my visits with you . I especially enjoyed our ‘ What a revolting development …’ laughs.
Even through Lorna’s downward spiral into dementia, often I’d see a twinkle in her eye and a witty comment would commence.
Lorna you will be greatly missed,
Not goodbye Lorna , but see you later💞

From: Fatim Dioubaté
Relation: She worked with Mory for 5 years at Kieran and Van Hoff, Law Firm in Vancouver, BC

I met Lorna on December 22nd 1986 at the Law Firm of Kieran and Van Hoff and I immediately fell in love with her charm. She reminded me with my own mother who also was born on March 31, 1931 (Lorna was born on March 4, 1931). She was “the other mother” who made me realized how good I was and that there is no one better than me. A “mother” who shared my laughter as well as my sorrow. My family was fortunate to have met such a wonderful, amazing lady. She loved us dearly and included her family in her life by sharing family photos. She changed my husband life for the better. She told him to try drinking his coffee without sugar and milk. Mory has never touch sugar after that conversation. It has been 35 years. Lorna was a turning point in our lives. We will miss her dearly. Mory and Fatou Dioubaté

From: Mory Dioubaté
Relation: I worked with Lorna for 5 years at Kieran & Van Hoff a Law firm in Vancouver, BC

It was with great sadness that I learned the passing of my dear friend Lorna, the wonderful lady I called my other “Mother”. I had the privilege to know Lorna’s children : Val, Brenda and Johanne,
Lorna has the best influence on me. For instance she taught me how to be healthy, She helped me improve my English writing. She was a wonderful writer who lived her life to the fullest. She will be missed tremendously, for she impacted many lives. Last summer we wanted to invite her to Toronto for my retirement party. That would have been the perfect opportunity for her to meet my family. Unfortunately she couldn’t make it. The biggest regret of my life is that Lorna didn’t get a chance to meet my children. She is in a better place now. May her soul rest in place. Val. thank you for informing us. It was very much appreciated.
Know that we have you in our prayers.
Mory Dioubaté

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A celebration of life will take place at the Jansen cemetery, summer of 2020, in Jansen, Saskatchewan.

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