Jordyn Meskan, 25

Jordyn Meskan, 25, of Minneapolis entered Heaven on October 14, 2021 after a courageous battle with Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer, normally found in children.

Jordyn was born November 18, 1995. She grew up in Minneapolis and attended grade school and middle school at Saint Mark’s Catholic School. Jordyn graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall (CDH) High School and went on to attend North Dakota State University (NDSU) where she earned her degree in civil engineering. She was a civil engineer at Black & Veatch, a company she dearly enjoyed being a part of.

Jordyn loved to travel and explore new places. She was a passionate downhill skier, and taught skiing at Buck Hill and a season at Keystone in Colorado. You could find her at the cabin on weekends during the summer, spending time water skiing or tending to her garden. Jordyn loved the outdoors, rock climbing, camping and a good hike. No distance was too long or strenuous for her. She enjoyed volunteering with organizations dear to her. Jordyn lived each day to the fullest, cherishing each moment, making memories.

Jordyn will be remembered for being caring, adventurous, brave, generous, fiercely loyal, honest, hard-working, passionate, sensitive and for her huge heart and beautiful smile.

Jordyn will be dearly missed by her parents, Paul and Jill Meskan; twin sister Paige and youngest sister Payton; and her lap buddy Rascal; grandparents Bert Johnson and Marlys Meskan; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Irene Johnson and Larry Meskan.

The Meskan family wishes to send a heartfelt thank you to their Children’s Minnesota–Minneapolis family for their care and deep compassion. We also extend our appreciation to Fr. Paul Feela of Lumen Christi Catholic Community, St. Paul, MN; Msgr. Gregory Schlesselmann of St. Paul’s Newman Center, Fargo, ND; and Pastor Paul Marzahn of Crossroads Church, Lakeville, MN.

TEAM JORDYN: We can’t express how much we appreciate the love, care, compassion and most of all, the prayers and support that you have given Jordyn and our family. We’ve Got This! We Did This TOGETHER!!! We will mourn together. We will be brave as Jordyn taught us to do. We will see the strength of Jordyn each time we see a sunflower standing tall.

Throughout this Journey, Jordyn impacted hundreds of lives. Jordyn was humble and always seemed to put others first. When someone would tell her they were sorry about something she was experiencing, Jordyn would always say, “Don’t be sorry, it isn’t your fault.” Oftentimes, Jordyn was the rock in our family, letting us know “I’m not done fighting.”

Jordyn chose to donate her eyes to give someone else the opportunity to view the beauty in the world and make memories. She also donated tumors and tissue for Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma research, with the hope that it leads to a cure, so no other family has to go on this difficult journey.

In lieu of flowers, Jordyn requested memorials to the family which will go towards supporting several groups that were near and dear to her heart: Engineers Without Borders– Minnesota Chapter, NDSU Society of Women Engineers and Children’s Minnesota–Minneapolis Hospital and Clinic (Hematology and Oncology). She also had a vision to create a scholarship at CDH for those pursuing a degree in engineering at NDSU. If you choose to give a memorial, please feel free to let us know how you would like it used.

Jordyn asked that you don’t worry about getting all dressed up, but rather that you come wearing something that identifies the point in her life she entered your heart. Was it Saint Mark’s, CDH, NDSU, Blackhawks, Dakota Rev, Buck Hill, Keystone, Black & Veatch or someplace else? You were an important part of her life story.

A Visitation and Prayer Service will be held at O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, 575 South Snelling Avenue, St. Paul, MN on Friday, October 22, 4 – 8 with a prayer service at 7:00. The Prayer Service and Sharing of Memories will be livestreamed from O'Halloran & Murphy's Facebook Page. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, with visitation one hour prior at Lumen Christi Catholic Community, 2055 Bohland Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Mass will be livestreamed from Lumen Christi's Facebook Page.

Jordyn’s message to you: “Make some memories. We will see you next time.”

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