Lori Jo Anne Mathsen
May 1, 1964 – May 23, 2019
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Jacob. She is survived by her husband, Chris; children, Karsten and Kari; parents, Art and Mary Jensen; brothers, Greg (Louise), Jay (Tara), and David (Ranae); numerous nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: Saturday, June 1st from 11am to 1pm at Westside Church, 15050 W. Dodge Rd., followed by SERVICES at the church at 1pm. Memorials to: Metigoshe Ministries; Hogar de Vida Costa Rica; Boys Town; or Mathsen Children’s Education Fund.
Lori was born in St. Cloud, MN, May 1, 1964 and spent much of her childhood living in Grand Forks, ND. In 1980 the family moved to Fargo, ND where Lori attended Fargo North High School. She enjoyed music, sports, and was very active in the Youth Group at her church, where she met and began dating her future husband, Chris Mathsen. She graduated from High School in 1982 and went on to North Dakota State University, graduating in 1986 with a degree in Psychology.
College summers were spent working at Camp Metigoshe, a Bible Camp on Pelican Lake, outside of Bottineau, ND. Lori was a counselor and subsequently the program director. The final day of camp on August 16, 1986, culminated with Lori and Chris getting married in the camp chapel on Lake Metigoshe.
They moved to Lincoln, NE for Lori to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In 1989, Lori and Chris decided to spend a year as Family Teachers at Boys Town, NE. “A year” turned into 30 years. She mentored, coached, served as an outstanding role model, and touched the lives of countless youth during her time as a Family Teacher.
Their first son, Jacob, was born in 2001 and lived only two days. Karsten was born two years later, and Kari two years after that. Lori’s love of music and sports was passed down to the kids. When not immersed in the kids’ activities and Boys Town activities, Lori and Chris enjoyed traveling, especially to visit family members scattered throughout the U.S.
The best adjective to describe Lori is “high energy.” She poured her heart and soul into everyone she encountered, from the first camper at Metigoshe to her last resident at Boys Town. She was first to volunteer to chaperone kids’ trips, first one to the car on vacation day, the most vocal cheerleader at kids’ activities, and sought out the ones needing an extra boost of encouragement. She was quick with a kind word, a warm hug, and an infectious laugh. Of all her accomplishments, Lori was most proud to be a mom to Karsten and Kari. She embraced motherhood with an overwhelming dedication and joy. She leaves behind a vast network of family and friends who have been blessed by knowing her; they grieve with her husband and children for a life tragically cut short.