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Joan Elizabeth Jurgensen, age 76, rested in peace on February 18th at home with her husband, Craig, by her side. Joan was born in Canada on January 25, 1941 to John and Edith Mills. Joan would forever document her Canadian birthplace in Montreal with a 2x3” plastic registration card which she kept safely in a tiny jewelry box for the rest of her life. The Mills family immigrated into the US in 1950. Joan grew up in Pennington, New Jersey and attended public school. Later in 1963 she graduated from Bates College in Maine and went on to obtain a teaching certificate. After teaching first grade for five years, she made a career decision to be a stay-at-home mother to her three young children – Heather, Susan, and John. The Jurgensen family of five established a permanent residence in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1972 where they formed many strong community relationships.

Joan’s eventual fulltime (and overtime) work as a community volunteer consisted of selfless service to many institutions and non-profit organizations including The Bosler Library, Bosler Friends Board (Emeritus member), Bosler auction, Youth Ballet, Stevens Mental Health Center, Carlisle Hospital, and most abundantly St. John’s Episcopal Church. As a Life member of the St. John’s Vestry, she chaired many of the Church’s construction projects over more than three decades. She also chaired the year-long recognition of St. John’s 250th anniversary in 1995. In 2016, the governing board nominated Joan to be an Emeritus member of the Church Vestry.

Joan’s still, small voice of calm found abundant creative expression in her prolific writings. Using her artful handwriting and a dedicated portion of almost every day, Joan wrote: a book of love letters to Craig, a pack of letters from Korea during Craig’s Army assignment, a shelf full of diaries spanning 55 years (!), a 3-inch thick album of recipes, a box of Christmas letters, a large file of personalized address cards, a portfolio of minutes from construction projects at St. John’s Church (now on file in the Cumberland County Historical Society), a stack of travel journals from 30 tours across the world, a sheaf of academic papers presented to the Travelers Club, and a trove of precisely labeled family photographs. Joan edited the mammoth Jurgensen ancestral story which had been collected by her father-in-law, Charles Jurgensen. The enormous quantity and sentimental quality of Joan’s writings over her lifetime represent, in essence, her love of all life and her joy in living.

Joan is survived by her now lonely husband, Craig, plus three adult children – Heather and her partner Yaroslav (Germany), Susan and her husband John Somers (Richmond, Virginia), John and his wife, Ruth Jurgensen (Chicago, Illinois); twin sister Judy and her husband Charles Jurgensen (New Jersey); brother Peter Mills (New Jersey); grandchildren Jack and Ellie Somers, Adrian Ivanenko, Penn Jurgensen; sister-in-law Alice Strack (Pennsylvania); plus cousins in Canada and numerous nieces and nephews from across the United States.

A Requiem Eucharist will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, On the Square in Carlisle, with Rev. David Bateman officiating.  Inurnment will be private in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Columbarium at the church.  Visitation and fellowship will immediately follow the service in the Parish Hall.  Memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to the Heritage Fund at the Church.  Ewing Brothers Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.  www.Since1853.com


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Joan was one of those steadfast, generous and selfless community servants who provide the foundation for the high quality of life that we all enjoy in Carlisle. She'll be missed and our condolences to Craig and her family.

John and Kim Henson
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So sorry to hear about Mrs Jurgensen. She was a wonderful lady. So proud to have known her. Prayers coming your way.
 
JILL FLEMING ROTZ
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What a remarkable life Craig and Joan had together! And how lucky the Carlisle community was to have been the recipient, for so many years, of Joan's generosity, energy, and wisdom. May she rest in peace, and may her spirit continue to inspire us all as she moves on ahead of us, and we continue our work here in this life.
 
Tami Biddle
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I never met Joan; however, I came to know a little about her through her sister-in-law and my good friend, Alice Strack. As such, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to her loving husband and family. May she rest in peace.
 
Marjorie Trush
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Condolences to you all. Joan was a most wonderful person. My mom and I both are happy to have known her through the years at St. John's. Be at peace my friend...
 
Lisa Prescott
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Sorry for your loss, Craig. The care you provided her in her last years was emblematic of your long, loving relationship together.
 
Alan Halliday
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I have such fond memories of Joan from Cumberland Crossings where my Dad and Mom (Ira and Alice Wheatley) lived a few houses down the Bullock Circle cul-de-sac from Joan and Craig. Joan always had such a sweet smile and a friendly greeting for us! Love to you, Craig and your entire family, as you navigate life without your dear wife, mom and grandma!
 
Krista and Bill Wheatley-Heckman
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We send you our sympathy ànd thoughts. We have such great memories of times spent together. We love the many times you came to visit our home.
 
Love Gerry and Debòrah
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Joan was such a dear person and a shining example to her friends, her church and her community. She will be greatly missed -- most acutely by Craig. Our heartfelt sympathies on your loss but our great joy in having known her.
 
Patrick Early
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Dr. Jurgensen and family, May your memories of happier times with Joan give you comfort and strength in the coming days. With sympathy
 
Sonia Flegeal
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So sorry to hear about Joan. She could not had a more loving care giver than you. Spookie and I will always remember having such great neighbors as you and Joan. God Bless,
 
Harriett & Charles Ford
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Your wife/mother was an amazing, warm, soft spoken, giving woman. I have been praying for you all that our Lord will give you comfort and strength as you proceed through life's journeys. Jesus IS Lord of all. Through Him we can have peace.
 
Karen Jones
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Bill and I are unable to attend the Requiem Eucharist on Saturday, however our thoughts and prayers will be with you. As former neighbors we always enjoyed our time together. Joan was a special person. Craig, Heather, Susan and John - TREASURE YOUR MEMORIES
 
Brenda and Bill Davidson
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So sorry for you loss Craig. Heaven has a new saint! My prayers for you and your family in your sorrow.
 
Margie Flatley-Carpenter
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I am so sorry to hear of Joan's passing and share our prayers with your family. The love and dedication shown by Craig and the entire family is a testament to a life well lived.
 
Clayton Jacobs
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What a life well lived and to be celebrated! You are in our thoughts and prayers. May peace surround you during this difficult time.
 
Tom and Bev Doorly
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Dear Craig, George and I are so saddened by the news of Joan's passing. The loss is a great one to many, but especially to you... The love of her life. I do cherish sharing in many projects with Joan at St. Johns and feel blessed to have had those times with her. We are on a trip in Arizona, but will remember you and the family in prayer on Saturday.
 
George and Connie Allport
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We are so deeply sorry for your loss. It is with deepest, whole-hearted sympathy that we keep you in our prayers.

Lisa and Lewis Schreffler
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Your family Christmas letters were always one way of keeping in touch with Joan and your family over the years since our lives touched briefly thru ballet with Kerstin. With the children all settled far from Carlisle, life will be lonelier and filled with sadness. May you find the needed strength to carry on fufilling your life.
 
Terri Krabill
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Craig-Sorry to read of Joan's death in the paper today. We had been visiting Abby and family in Phoenix; as a result I did not see the Sentinel until today, 3/6.( I still read the obituaries.) I feel sure she is at peace. Perhaps we can have lunch together sometime.

Denny Line
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Dr. J I was so sorry to hear about Joan's passing. It's so hard to give someone back to God but He promises that we'll be seeing our spouses again one day. With sincere sympathy.
 
Harriette Wiskemann
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So sorry for your loss. Hopefully love and support of family and friends will help you get through this difficult time.
 
Love, Bonnie and Ted Berk
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