Wendy Jensen
1956 - 2011
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Wendy Jensen


Wendy Ellen Jensen, 55, of Ames, died Friday, December 16, 2011. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 22, from 9:30 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah.

Wendy Jensen was born on March 27, 1956, in Decorah to Kenneth and Elinor (Rolfs) Jensen. She grew up in Story City, Iowa, and graduated from Roland-Story High School in 1975. In 1996, she graduated from Iowa State University, majoring in anthropology and minoring in horticulture.

She was an active member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school and bible school. She loved people, especially her beloved nieces and nephews, two were godchildren. She also loved playing piano, gardening, and bird watching. She volunteered at Mary Greeley Medical Center and with the Republican Party.

She is survived by her parents, Kenneth and Elinor Jensen, of Ames; two brothers, Gary (Jody) Jensen, of Viroqua, WI, and Alan (Ann) Jensen, of Jefferson, IA; two sisters, Kris (Tim) Grotheer, of Ames, and Lori (Tim) Spink, of Bellingham, WA; seven nieces and nephews, Sarah and Katie Jensen, Matthew and Karl Grotheer, and Jared, Ryan, and Ashley Spink.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Eric and Phyllis Jensen and maternal grandparents, Harvey and Ellen Rolfs.

Condolences may be sent to www.stevensmemorialchapel.com.

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Published in the Des Moines Register on Dec. 20, 2011.
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December 23, 2011
Kenny, Elinor, and family,

My heartfelt sympathies to each of you especially during these special holidays we are now into.

Kenny, I never knew Wendy was your daughter! I got to know her thru the ames garden club meetings. She always had that smile on her, and also saw her at the mall working.

Boy, she didn't get her height from your Kenny ;)

I believe it was just this past month or 2 at the most when I last ran into her at the mall area.

May God comfort you all in the days, months, and years ahead.

Betty Tungesvik Gordon, DOT co-worker, Ames
December 22, 2011
Dear Jensen Family,
Please know that we share so many good memories of your family's growing years and of pet/animal experiences
in Story City! We also, share the loss of Wendy with the
hope that it will ease your sorrow today. Bless you All,
"Doc" and Phyllis and the Rekemeyer Family
Dr. Ross Rekemeyer
December 21, 2011
Wendy was, by far, the best volunteer an organization, party, or campaign could ever ask for! No matter what the task, she was always up for it, from door knocking, handing out literature, making phone calls (which she truly excelled at!) to stuffing envelopes, she was always willing to lend a hand. She was an invaluable member of the Story County Republican Party and will be greatly missed. On behalf of myself, and the Story County Republican Party I offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to Wendy's family and friends.
Cory Adams
December 21, 2011
Wendy was a dear, sweet soul. My sympathies to all of you.
Martha Raecker
December 21, 2011
Wendy was a blessing to everyone who knew her! God already knew that she was an angel on earth so he decided to bring her to heaven to sing among His angels! Wendy will be missed by all of us "political" types! She was one of a kind! My prayers will be with those she leaves behind....until He reunites us ALL! PTL
Marlys Popma
December 21, 2011
John Jenkins
December 21, 2011
I was very sad to learn of Wendy's death. To her family - please know that SO many people all around her, enjoyed her smile and cheerful attitude. I often saw her when I volunteered at the hospital gift shop...what a delight. I know you will miss her terribly. May you be comforted by your (and her) many friends, and sweet memories.
Kerry Brannan
December 21, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Wendy. She was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly.
Martha Hennager
December 21, 2011
I was also sad to hear of Wendy's death. You have my deepest condoloences. Wendy was one of the very first people I meet when I transferd to Roland-Story my senior year. She was always so kind to everyone she meet. My mother would see her when she was at North Grand Mall and at Mary Greeley. My God grand you peace and comfort

Robin Onstot-McKenzie
Robin McKenzie
December 20, 2011
I always enjoyed visiting with Wendy when I worked at North Grand Mall. She was a happy person and will be missed!
Elaine Mohr
December 19, 2011
Our condoloences to Wendy's extended family. We shall greatly miss this very special lady with the always cheerful disposition. Enjoyed our visits when I would give her a ride to or from church. We always enjoyed listening to her read the lessons during Sunday services. She was always willing to assist with communion, even at the last minute. She lent her expertise in working on the church gardens, with Sunday School and many other ways. We loved you, Wendy.
Marianne Chalstrom
December 19, 2011
"Most merciful Father, who hast been pleased to take unto thyself the soul of this thy servant Wendy; grant to us who are still in our pilgrimage, and who walk as yet by faith, that having served thee with constancy on earth, we may be joined hereafter with thy blessed saints in glory everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen." (Book of Common Prayer, 1928)
Jamie Johnson
December 19, 2011
I was so saddened to hear of Wendy's passing. I crossed paths with her again many times in Ames over the past couple of years. May your family be comforted by memories and good times.

Jil Ose Ipsen (classmate of Wendy, Roland Story Class of 1975)
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