JENSEN, Virginia A. (1923-2020)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/28/2021 at 15:39:40
Virginia A. Jensen
(December 31, 1923 – December 11, 2020)
IDA GROVE – Services for Virginia A. Jensen, 96, of Ida Grove were held Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove with Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiating and burial in the Ida Grove Cemetery at Ida Grove. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove was in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Ann Jensen was born, at her grandparents’ home in Ida Grove, to Reuben and Anna (Kolb) Johnson Dec. 31, 1923. She was raised on a farm five miles southeast of Holstein. She was baptized and confirmed at the Ida Grove Methodist church. Virginia attended country school and graduated in 1941. During high school, she was active in Rainbow Girls and 4-H. She took normal training during school and taught at a Corwin Township country school. On Oct. 15, 1944, Virginia married Roland Jensen while he was on leave from the Army Air Corps. After Roland was discharged in 1945, they made their home in Ida Grove, where she worked at Wolf’s Store. The couple was blessed with three children: Marilyn, Rodney and Richard. In the spring of 1946, they moved to a farm about a mile from where she was raised. They continued to farm there until 1964, when they moved to the farm on Hwy. 59. Roland died in 1986, and she continued to live there until 2009, when she moved to Char-Mac Assisted Living in Holstein. She then moved to Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek in 2013, where she lived until her death Dec. 11, 2020. Virginia was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. She was a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher and also member of Mary Circle 7.
Virginia is survived by her sons, Rodney (Lin) Jensen of Ida Grove and Richard (Holly) Jensen of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and a son-in-law, Terry Lovett of Ida Grove. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Kelli Lovett and friend, Randy Glau of Vermillion, S.D.; Mindi Mandernach and friend, Joe Ness of Odebolt; Ross (Meg) Jensen of Palo Alto, Calif.; Eric Jensen of Portland, Ore.; and Brett Jensen of Kalamazoo, Mich. Additional survivors include her great-grandchildren: Austin Reich of Vermillion, S.D.; Alexis Reich and fiancé, Devon Anderson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Karlie Mandernach and fiancé, Kent Krager of Ida Grove; and Clayton Mandernach and Kacie Mandernach, both of Odebolt. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 42 years, Roland Jensen; a daughter, Marilyn Lovett; a grandson-in-law, Scott Mandernach; four brothers-in-law: Herman Jensen, Ransom Leonard, Robert Butcher and Robert Ruser; and three sisters-in-law: Helen Johnson, Evelyn Leonard and Shirley Ruser.
Sources: Ida County Courier, Ida Grove, Iowa, Tues., Dec 15, 2020 and Christensen-VanHouten Funeral Services, Ida Grove, Iowa at http://www.christensenvanhouten.com/
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