November 4, 1953 - November 14, 2020
Susie had the privilege of growing up in a very tight-knit, loving family. Her parents (now deceased) were Cliff and Mary (Mazie) Homelvig - decades long farmers and ranchers in Fall River County, South Dakota. Susie is survived by brothers, Mike Homelvig, Hot Springs; Pat Homelvig, Littleton Colo; sister, Susan Lueck (a wonderful family story), Santa Fe, NM, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. She was proceeded in death by her sister, Katherine Jass, Roseburg Ore.
Susie is also survived by her husband of 45 years, Steve Jorgensen (son of late Dallas and Olga Jorgensen, Yankton S.D.), and her two sets of twins. Hans and Shanda both live in the Minneapolis/St Paul, Minn. area. Maggie and Inga both live in Omaha, Neb.
Susie’s Education started in a one-room country school. One of her teachers in high school, and one of her uncles, recognized her aptitude for mathematics and encouraged her to attend the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D., where she earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering. Her studies were never interrupted, and she found time to marry Steve in 1975.
Susie was able to stay home and raise the kids while Steve worked for Schlumberger Well Services, until the oil bust of 1988. She worked for several small engineering firms as Steve and Susie both chased career opportunities. While Susie was working for Leo A. Daly (a large A&E firm based in Omaha), Steve had an opportunity to move back to Colorado. To our tremendous surprise, LAD offered to let Susie open a branch office in Denver. After six years as the Managing Principal, Director of Operations, and Vice-President, the Leo A. Daly office in Denver closed due to nation-wide economic downturn. Since that time, Susie worked part time for two incredibly accommodating Colorado-based engineering firms.
As full as her plate always was, Susie ascended to the position of President of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association for 2020. She was also honored with the prestigious title of “Fellow” with both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering institute. She was licensed to practice Structural Engineering in 18 states across the country.
When she wasn’t doing math equations in her head for fun, she enjoyed cooking, reading and sewing. Many youngsters grew up with a beautifully made baby quilt, some with elephants modified into mammoths.
Susie’s unselfish donation of tissues will help continue her legacy of helping others.
Susie stole my heart the first time our eyes met, and never let go.
Goodbye, my Love...