Lois Pauline Jensen

Nov. 19, 1928 Ė May 10, 2010

Lois Pauline Jensen passed away peacefully Monday evening, May 10, 2010, at Shorehaven Health Care Center in Oconomowoc.

Lois was born Nov. 19, 1928, to Arthur and Edith Hasslinger, on their farm in Hartland. Lois attended Bark River Grade School and Hartland High School, and graduated valedictorian of her high school class at age 17. After high school, she completed a short secretarial course and went to work for Haslow Plumbing in Hartland. She married her sweetheart, Charles Otto Jensen, on May 15, 1948.

Charles and Lois raised five children with love and the determination to pass on their faith and commitment to serving others. Both Lois and Charles were active members of their church and community. Lois was a church organist and choir member for Grace Episcopal Church in Hartland, the treasurer for many years at St. Anskarís Episcopal church, a Bible study participant up until the past few months, a Cub Scout den mother, a 4-H leader and a school board member.

After her youngest child began kindergarten, Lois took the position of part-time city clerk and treasurer for the city of Delafield. After many years of dedicated service, she became city administrator, the position she held when she retired in 1994. She earned the respect of her co-workers and the public because of her hard work and honesty. After her "retirement," Lois got her assessorís license and worked for many more years entering data for an assessor.

Loisís creativity seemed to have no bounds. She was an accomplished seamstress and fiber artist, creating keepsakes for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There are sweaters, blankets, place mats, pillowcases, rugs, wall-hangings, kitchen towels and a hand-woven coat in the family Logan plaid. Lois also loved to garden and bake bread with her husband. Basement shelves were filled every fall with jars of yellow and green beans, tomatoes, beets, pears, pickles, honey and beeswax candles. Lois provided for her family in many various and wonderful ways.

Lois is survived by Charles, her husband of 62 years; her children, Barbara (Mike) OíConnell of Washington Island, Charles II of Portage, Mich., Gerald (Barbara) of Shell Lake, Patricia (Bill) Schutz of Washington Island and Kristine (Jim) McGarigle of Merrill; her sister, Ruth Rhinesmith of Waukesha; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two nephews and their families, and many, many friends. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, May 15, at St. Anskarís Episcopal Church, N48-W31340 Hill Road, Hartland. Final rest will be in Holy Innocents Cemetery, Nashotah. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anskarís Episcopal Church. Evert-Luko Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 367-2156 or visit online at www.evertlukofuneralhome.com.

Lois, Mom, Nammy. You loved us without end, without judgment, with your whole heart. Thanks be to God for your life and love and service. We keep you in our hearts.