Jorie H. Von Ohlen

–  07/17/2020


Jorie Hill Von Ohlen was born July 26th 1980 in Aurora Illinois. Health issues would emerge in her young life and at the age of three she would require a liver transplant. Performed by Dr.Thomas E. Starzl in Pittsburgh, she defied the odds and received a second chance at life. 

She attended West Aurora Senior High School, Waubosee Community College where she earned a A.A. in music, and Northern Illinois University where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. While there, Jorie pledged to the Sigma Lambda Sigma Social Service Society. She went on to get a Masters degree in Social Work from Loyola University. 
With her degree, Jorie would use her skills to help others in the field of mental health. She worked in and around the greater Elgin and Rockford area before moving to California, taking a job at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Eventually returning to the Chicagoland area she worked for Metropolitan Family Services. 
Jorie loved music, she sang on the Aurora Paramount stage in “Annie” as a child, used her beautiful voice in high school, and New England Congregational Church choirs, and studied opera at NIU. Jorie loved karaoke, and would often sing at various establishments in the area and was briefly in the choir at Unity Temple in Oak Park.

An athlete, Jorie would compete in the Transplant Games of America and the World Transplant Games. This took her to amazing locations all over the globe, such as South Africa, Australia, Thailand, and France. She excelled in cycling and shot put. Jorie was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin. She also enjoyed letterboxing and board gaming.

In 2014 she met Andrew Matysak and they were married in 2018. They had a shared love for travel, history, and the outdoors. They took joy in exploring the country in their travel trailer. Jorie was a loving dog mother to Diesel, Millie, and Hank. 
Jorie passed July 15th in the Northwestern ICU, surrounded by her loved ones. She was taken far to young, with many adventure still to be had. She is preceded in death by her younger Sister Claire Von Ohlen and her Grandfather Dale Von Ohlen. She is survived by her Father Todd Von Ohlen, Mother Lisa Hill, Brother Kurt Von Ohlen, and Husband Andrew Matysak. She had an infectious laugh that brightened everyone’s life. She will be tremendously missed. 
Donations can be made in her honor to Donate Life America, a non profit organization dedicated to to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissues available to save and heal lives through transplantation while developing a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility.!/donation/checkout
Due to the current situation with COVID-19, a celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date



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