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Virginia Jensen 1918-2009

Jun 2, 2009

Longtime Emmetsburg resident Alice Virginia Jensen, age 91, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Oaklawn Health Care Center in Mankato, MN. She had moved to Mankato in January of 2005 to be near her daughter.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Martin-Mattice Funeral Home with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. Memorials are preferred to the Bell Choir at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN.

Alice Virginia was born to Fred and Winifred (Burrington) Wenger on April 9, 1918, in Emmetsburg and lived her entire life in the area. Virginia graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1937.

On June 28, 1943, she married Delmar Jensen in Emmetsburg. They traveled together to New Orleans, while Delmar served his country during World War II and later returned to Emmetsburg and farmed south of town. Virginia was a teacher for the Emmetsburg and Nevada Township Schools, was a childcare provider, and worked at Iowa Lakes Community College from 1972 to 1982, but most importantly she was a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Besides being a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and Ruth Circle, she was also a member of the Pepper Steppers Square Dance Club. She and Delmar enjoyed square dancing and attending the?National Square Dancers Conventions. Virginia continued to dance until she was 85 years of age. For many years, Delmar and Virginia spent the winters in Harlingen, TX. While living in Emmetsburg, Virginia volunteered much of her time at Lakeside Lutheran Home and was presented the Presidents Volunteer Service award in 2004.

Mrs. Jensen is lovingly survived by her daughter, Mardell Jensen and her fiancé, Curtiz DuBois of Eagle Lake, MN; four grandchildren, Sarah Brennan Jensen of Des Moines, Andrea and her husband, Mike Aylsworth of Des Moines, Jackie Jensen of Austin, TX, and D.J. Jensen and his fiance, Wende Nicholson of Des Moines; three great grandchildren, Cody, Maggie and Olivia; and daughter-in-law, Alice Jensen of Des Moines.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Delmar Chris Jensen in 1995; and son, Delmar Dean Jensen in 1988.

Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com