Margaret Jensen, 1930-2017

Published 1:00 am Friday, August 4, 2017

Funeral services for Margaret Elaine Jensen of Albert Lea will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Thorne Crest Senior Living Community chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Todd Walsh will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Margaret died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community. She was 86.

Margaret Jensen

Margaret was born Nov. 18, 1930, in Walnut, Illinois, the daughter of Allen and Bernice (Hopkins) Schoaf. She graduated from Walnut High School in 1948. She became a registered nurse, having graduated in 1951 from Kahler Hospitals School of Nursing in Rochester. She worked at Worrall Hospital in Rochester until her marriage to Ervin C. Jensen of Owatonna on Feb. 7, 1952. She then worked at Owatonna City Hospital.

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Margaret and Ervin had four children. They lived in Owatonna, Faribault and Waseca before moving to Albert Lea in 1959. She worked as a registered nurse at Naeve Hospital from 1963 to 1975 and at Fountain Centers from 1975 until she retired in August 1991.

Margaret’s children and grandchildren were very dear to her and she cherished the time she had with them.

She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church since moving to Albert Lea. She was a volunteer and particularly enjoyed working with seniors. She worked with Senior Resources and was a volunteer at St. John’s Nursing Home. She was also a member of the Naeve Hospital Auxiliary, Y’s Menettes, Methodist Kahler Alumni Association, Minnesota Nurses Association and Women’s Investment Group.

Margaret liked bowling, walking and reading, and particularly enjoyed playing bridge, visiting with friends and world travel.

Survivors include her children Alan and his wife, Pat, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David and his wife, Ann Kulik, of Aiken, South Carolina, and Kristi and her husband, Paul Preston, of Woodbury; grandchildren Alyssa (Jensen) Menz and her husband, Jeff Kaufmann, Erik Jensen, and  Stephanie and Nicole Preston; granddaughter, Katrina Kulik; great-grandson, David Alexander Menz; brother, Fred Schoaf, of Walnut, Illinois; sister-in-law, Margie Jensen, of Austin; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; son, Bruce; parents Allen and Bernice Schoaf; parents-in-law Henry and Rose Jensen; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Jensen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Senior Resources of Freeborn County.