Rhonda Rae (Winther) Jensen (1942 - 2015)

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Funeral services for Rhonda R. Jensen, 72, were held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. Pastor Ron Rasmussen officiated the 10:30 a.m. funeral service on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.  Music was provided by Peggy Doonan.  Serving as casket bearers were Craig Clemons, Todd Jacobsen, Dean Petersen, Dale Jensen, Paul Petersen, and Paul Stewart.  Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery. Pauley Jones Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rhonda Rae Jensen was born on March 9, 1942 to Orville and Sylvia (Paulsen) Winther at her Grandma Winther's Nursing Home in Audubon.  She was baptized and confirmed at Hamlin Lutheran Church, attended Hamlin No. 2, and graduated from Audubon High School with the Class of 1960.
On Nov. 17, 1970, she was united in marriage to Virgil Jensen at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she remained a lifelong member.  With children Gary and Jolene, they became a family on their farm.
Rhonda worked as a bookkeeper for Southland Savings and Loan in Chula Vista, Calif., Federal Reserve Bank in Omaha, Neb., and for Petersen Brothers Feed and Grain in Jacksonville, for over thirty years.  She served as church secretary at Bethlehem Lutheran for the past fifteen years.
She was currently a member of the Shelby County State Bank bowling team that bowled on the Tuesday Afternoon Ladies League.  She was also an active member of the Women of the Word ladies group at church and an instrumental part of Vacation Bible School and other church programs running smoothly.
Rhonda was admitted to Hospice care at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan where she died on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 having attained the age of 72 years, 10 months, and 21 days. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Virgil, and her sister Sandra.
She is survived by her son Gary Jensen of Benicia, Calif.; her daughter Jolene and her husband Allan Andersen of Elk Horn; three granddaughters: Valerie and her husband John Greving of Ankeny, Jennifer Jensen of Claremont, Calif., and Emily Jensen of Omaha, Neb.; great-grandson Jack Allan Greving of Ankeny; brother Merlyn Winther and his wife Sonna of Spencer; brother-in-law Eldon Ericksen of Lewis; other family members and many friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Feb. 6 to Feb. 13, 2015