Lillian Jensen, 1927-2017

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lillian Therese Jensen, 90, of Wells died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, surrounded by her family at Parkview Care Center in Wells. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells. The Rev. Jason Kern will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. A Rosary will be at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be at St. Casimir Cemetery. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit

Lillian Jensen

Lillian Therese was born Sept. 25, 1927, in Wells, the daughter of Paul and Selma (Rodahl) Staloch. Lil graduated from Freeborn High School in the class of 1946. She went to Bethesda School in St. Paul to be an X-ray technician, and worked at Bethesda Hospital.

On June 13, 1953, Lil was united in marriage to Donald “Doc” Jensen in Wells, and to this union two daughters were born, Kris and Jo. On Nov. 16, 1954, Lil was diagnosed with polio. For 63 years she never let her inability to walk deter her love of living. Lil enjoyed knitting and quilting and was a member of the St. Casimir’s quilters. She played bridge for over 50 years with the same club. Lil was a 50-plus year member of the Wells American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She also belonged to the Wells Firemen Auxiliary. Lil loved to bake, attend her grandchildren’s school activities and go to lutefisk suppers with her friends.

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Lil was a faithful member of St. Casimir’s Catholic Church and prayed the Rosary daily.

Lil is survived by her daughters Kris (Neil) Keefer of Cottage Grove and Jo Giese (Myles Brooks) of Wells; grandchildren Mandy Giese of Easton, Jill Maas of Nicollet, Maggie Giese of Mankato, Dane (Susan) Giese of Easton and Kelly (Frank) LaPlante of South St. Paul; great-grandchildren Jordan and Dani Kirkeide, Indabelle and Bo Maas, Ivylynn Compart and Everett LaPlante; brother, Quentin Staloch, of Minnesota Lake; sister, Karen Hoeg, of Wabasha; along with many nieces, nephews and their families.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Doc; brother, Robert (Sherry) Staloch; sisters Jean (Frank) Hajdu, Eunice (Norris) Overby and Margaret Walser; sister-in-law, Connie Staloch; and brother-in-law, Chuck Hoeg.