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Sylvia G. Jensen

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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Services for Sylvia G. Jensen, 93, of Ruthven were held Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Lost Island Lutheran Church. Rev. Luther Thoresen officiated the service.

Interment took place at Lost Island Lutheran Cemetery in Ruthven.

Sylvia Gladys Hermansen, the daughter of Peter Andrew and Emma Suzanne (Henningsen) Hermansen, was born July 21, 1914, in rural Lost Island Township. She was baptized and confirmed at the Lost Island Lutheran Church in rural Ruthven.

She received her elementary education in a rural Lost Island Township school, and graduated from Ruthven High School in 1932. She received her elementary teaching certificate from Dana College in Blair, Neb. and taught in rural Palo Alto County Schools.

On June 5, 1935, Sylvia was united in marriage to Edmund Peter Jensen. Her wedding was the first to be conducted in the present Lost Island Church structure. The original church had been destroyed by fire a year earlier. Ed and Sylvia farmed in the Ruthven area.

She was a member of the South Circle of the Lost Island Lutheran Church Ladies Aide. She was a 4-H leader, a member of the Okihi and Kill Kare Clubs. She also worked at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer and she and Ed worked at Stub's Ranch Kitchen during the Clay County Fair making pies. In her later years, Sylvia was a dedicated hospice volunteer and a volunteer at the Ruthven Community Care Center.

After her husband's death, she moved to Ruthven in 1991. In 2003, she became a resident of the assisted living section at the Ruthven Community Care Center. She moved to the nursing home section in 2006.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Donald Hermansen; and sons-in-law: Duane Christiansen and Richard Stanford.

Sylvia is survived by daughters: Dawn Oppedal and husband, Alan, and Margaret Stanford -- all of of Ruthven; a son, Edmund Peter Jensen and wife, Darlene of Buchanan, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.