Charlene Jenson, 1937-2017

Published 1:00 am Friday, September 1, 2017

Funeral services for Charlene H. Jenson of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Eileen Woyen will officiate.

Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Albert Lea. Friends may visit with family one hour prior to services at the church.

Charlene Jenson

Charlene died at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at 80 years of age.

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She was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Racine Township in Mower County to Henry and Clara (Jensen) Peterson. Charlene graduated from Austin High School.

She was united in marriage to Clair “Terry” Jenson on Sept. 9, 1956, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin. Charlene and Terry made their home in Albert Lea, where they raised five children: Shawn, Randy, Jonelle, Kristin and Mitchell.

Charlene worked as a secretary for Albert Lea public schools for more than 30 years. In retirement she volunteered at the Naeve Hospital gift shop. She was strong in her faith and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was active in many activities, including singing in the choir.

Charlene cherished the lifelong friends from the Neighborhood Birthday Club, which gathered for more than 60 years. She enjoyed crocheting, hardanger, canning and spending time at their cabin on Beaver Lake. Charlene was known for a good game of bridge.

Charlene is survived by her husband, Terry, of Albert Lea; daughter, Shawn (Dean) VanHal, of Ellendale; son, Randy (Carole) Jenson, of Rochester; daughter, Jonelle Ignaszewski, of Albert Lea; and daughter, Kristin Saari, of Rochester. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Charlene was preceded in death by son, Mitchell Jenson; mother, Clara Schurer; father, Henry Peterson; stepfather, Elmer Schurer; sister, Jeanette Bahl; and brother, Willis Peterson.

“We will always cherish our memories of Charlene,” her family said. “She was a classy, stylish lady who was the organizer and the pillar of our family. There was nothing more important to Charlene than the love she had for her family.”

Blessed be her memory.