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Mary Jensen, 96

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Mary Rena (nee Stevens) Jensen, 96, of Dykesville, Wis., passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 25. Mary was formerly from Balsam Lake, Wis.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Balsam Lake, with a visitation at the church before the service at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the Mass at the Balsam Lake Cemetery, and a luncheon at the church will follow the burial. The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Mary was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 9, 1917, to Fred and Irene (Lamb) Stevens. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1935 and in 1937 from the Minnesota School of Business.

She married Carl Eldon Jensen on July 27, 1942, and they raised their family in Balsam Lake. During that time she also worked for various businesses as a bookkeeper. She later was employed as administrative secretary for the Polk County Veterans Services Office until her retirement in 1983. She enjoyed walking 5 miles a day with friends, traveling, reading, bird watching, sunsets, and visiting with family.

Mary is survived by her children: Irene Kelly (Dan), Dykesville: Paul (Deb), New Richmond, Wis.; Philip (Kathi), Cable, Wis.; and Dr. William (Laura), Bismarck, N.D.; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon, in 1996; her parents; a sister, Ruth (McMahon); and a brother, Dr. C. Edward Stevens.

Special thanks and recognition to Dr. Sabina Singh, Unity Hospice of Green Bay, Wis., and to Mom's hospice nurses Brenda, Karen, Melanie, and Patsy for their excellent care and many kindnesses and comfort to our Mother and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the USO at www.uso.org/donate in tribute to her association with the Polk County Veterans Services Office.

The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria, Wis., has been entrusted with arrangements, www.kolstadfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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