June 27 1946 January 14 2022
Nathan Comer Jorgensen June 27, 1946 – January 14, 2022 Share this obituary Upload Photo| View/Sign Guestbook| Send Sympathy Card Nathan Jorgensen, age 75 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 14, 2022. Born in Berlin, Wisconsin, on June 27, 1946, Nate was the son of the late Norman and Irene Jorgensen. Nate is survived by his dearly loved son, Derek, daughter in law Megan O’Grady and his adored granddaughters Finley, Lulu and Ruby. Other survivors include his former wife, Ingrid Erickson and former mother-in-law, Mary Lou Erickson and two brothers, Dean (Mary Ann) Jorgensen, Henderson, KY and Denis Jorgensen, Seward, NE. Nate will be greatly missed by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends from childhood, high school, work, tennis, swimming, cribbage and the Riverwest community. Nate had a genuine interest in learning about people and discovering the things that meant most to them. He was especially dedicated to staying connected to the people in his life over long periods of time. A 1964 graduate of Berlin High School, Nate studied at the University of Vienna, Austria and earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nate retired from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, where he met many good friends and spent time with them after retirement, playing tennis, swimming and going to Brewers games. He found great satisfaction in tutoring adult learners from around the world to improve their English communication skills at the Literacy Services of Wisconsin. He was a lifelong supporter of labor and progressive issues and taught economics part-time at Milwaukee Area Technical College for thirty years, proud that he was able to help working-class students prepare for successful professional careers. He struggled openly and admirably with depression during his life and sought to help others who shared similar struggles. He always took care of the people in his orbit – when someone needed something or was experiencing troubles, he ran toward those folks, not away from them. Nate also loved his dogs over the years, although he was an absolutely terrible dog trainer. Nate was an intellectually curious man with many interests, including being a lifelong patron and appreciator of local theater, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and local live music, sharing these interests with his close companion, Marge Piechowski. They traveled widely, from Paris, to Santa Fe, San Francisco, New Orleans, New York, Boston, Chicago, Florida and all over Wisconsin for bluegrass festivals. In their travels they explored local restaurants, museums, art galleries, music, and antique and resale shops, where he added to his large “junque” collection. Nate enjoyed a big delicious meal, inspiring and challenging Marge to cook recipes from many places they visited and from cookbooks he discovered. Nate was a dedicated and loving family man, the most devoted father a son could ever ask for. He loved to travel and attend concerts with his son, taking ten-year old Derek to see his first concert, the band Yes, at Alpine Valley on August 11th, 1984. They shared a mutual love of live music that bordered on obsession thereafter. Nate maintained a supportive relationship with Derek’s mother, proud of their joint accomplishments in raising a well balanced son. He adored his granddaughters and his daughter-in law with all of his heart; his support for them will endure beyond his passing. Nate knew his granddaughters were exceptional in every way and that each of them was destined for greatness. A celebration of Nate’s life will be held in summer; donations to the Riverwest Food Pantry will honor Nate’s long-time devotion to the Riverwest area, where he spent many of his happiest times. Print Obituary
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Nathan Comer Jorgensen June 27 1946 January 14 2022.
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