A memorial service for Pastor George N. Jensen, 78, of Rochester, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Zumbro Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.
George Nichols Jensen was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Oneonta, N.Y., to Knud and Aldyth (Nichols) Jensen. He died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Charter House in Rochester.
George graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermilion, and served two years in the United States Army. After he was discharged, he graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul and later the University of Minnesota
in Nursing Home Administration. He served churches in Fremont, Ohio, Austin, Moscow and Oakland, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rochester. He retired in 1998 from the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. George married Edith A. Hanson in 1964 and they were later divorced. He married Karen Pearson Teske in 1986.
George loved the outdoors. He enjoyed backpacking in Colorado and Montana, canoeing the Boundary Waters, motorcycling, bicycling and camping. He was an avid fan of Gopher sports.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Jensen of Rochester; daughters, Julie (Randy) Beck of Cocoa, Fla., Laura (Jon) Ware of Mashpee, Mass., and Kristin (Mark) Pretasky of La Crosse, Wis.; stepchildren, Sue (Mike) O'Brien of St. Paul and Jacob (Kate) Teske of Huntersville, N.C.; grandchildren, Nathan, Sean, Max, Kody, Luke, Joey, Julia, Brita, Anna and Elyanna; sisters, Dorothy Kingsmore of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Fran (John) Schuyler of Rochester, N.Y.; and his former wife, Edith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Jensen.
Memorials can be directed to Seasons Hospice or the Zumbro Lutheran Choir.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, ranfranzandvinefh.com