John Joergensen, 95, of Mashpee died at his home on March 28.
He was the husband of Marion E. (Kestler) Joergensen, who died March 23. They shared 71 years together after being wed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, in May 1948.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, he was the son of Henry C. and Anna E. Joergensen.
Mr. Joergensen served with the United States Army during World War II.
He received his associate’s degree in accounting from University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Mr. Joergensen had been employed with Aetna Life Insurance Company in Hartford before retiring early to build a home on the Cape in which he and his wife would spend the years of their retirement. They moved to Mashpee in 1984 from East Granby, Connecticut.
After they were settled in their new home, Mr. Joergensen followed his wife’s lead and began volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Cape Cod. At the time of a 1991 Enterprise article about the organization honoring some of its adult role models, Mr. Joergensen and his Little Brother, 15-year-old Shawn, had been matched for six years, and both were thoroughly enjoying their time together and had “a comfortable bond,” he said. Although they would spend time fishing for snapper blues and going to football and baseball games, “there is no big pressure to do anything,” he said. “Sometimes Shawn just comes over and sits with the cat by the fireplace.”
When Mr. Joergensen had been featured the previous year as Volunteer of the Month in a column published in conjunction with Falmouth Human Services, he said of the experience: “It’s been good for me; it keeps me thinking young” and also that since “our grandchildren live in Maine, having a Little Brother and Sister around gives our lives a dimension we would miss.”
Mr. Joergensen also spent many years as a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Falmouth and was part of the planning committee for the annual Golf Scramble sponsored by the church to raise funds for its projects. A golfer himself, his foursome placed second in the competition at Falmouth Country Club in 2004, and the event that year netted a record $6,100 for the church’s building fund.
He played in the Tuesday Men’s League at Holly Ridge Golf Club in Sandwich and often his team finished in the top spot as reported in the weekly golf coverage in the newspaper, shooting between 50 and 56.
Mr. Joergensen also participated in the German American Club of Cape Cod, for which he had served as trustee and as steward, among other roles; and he became a Master Gardener who offered seminars on the demonstration gardens at the Barnstable County Fair in East Falmouth.
He leaves two daughters, Irene Nelson and her husband, Daniel Nelson, of Old Orchard, Maine, and Janet Burke of Windsor, Connecticut; five grandchildren, David Nelson, Christopher Nelson, Erica Burke, Edward Burke and Erin Burke; three great-grandchildren; and extended family.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Fredrick Joergensen.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Elmwood Cemetery in East Granby, Connecticut.