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Oct. 11, 1938 — March 31, 2024

Bonnie Lou Hagedorn Jensen, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 31, 2024, at Eagan Pointe Senior Living. She was born on Oct. 11, 1938, to Everett Hagedorn and Kathryn Carlson Hagedorn of Royal. She was baptized and confirmed in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Royal. Bonnie graduated in 1956 from Royal High School, Royal where she excelled in music and sports. She was a star forward on the basketball team playing in two state tournaments. She married Richard A. Jensen (Dick) on Sept, 8, 1957.

Bonnie Jensen and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Richard A. Jensen, served as American Lutheran Church missionaries at Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1962-65. Bonnie was a graduate of Dana College magna cum laude in 1970 of Blair, Nebraska, and Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1980 of Dubuque. She held honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees at both institutions (1997 and 2003). Bonnie was ordained by the Metropolitan Chicago Synod in 1993. She was also a recipient of Distinguished Alumnus awards from Dana College and California Lutheran University.

From 1981-87, Bonnie was the director of the American Lutheran Church Women (ALCW) offices based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1988-93, she worked as the director for Global Mission Education. From 1993-95, she served the division as director for Planning and Evaluation and program director for Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific, and then finally, the executive director of the Division for Global Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), from 1995-2003 in Chicago, Illinois. There, she oversaw the global program cooperating in 70 countries with 400 missionaries and volunteers and 47 Chicago-based staff. During her tenure, she diversified the ethnic makeup of the division staff by adding significant numbers of people with Latino, Arab, African and Asian backgrounds. Bonnie Jensen also worked passionately to raise the voices of women through her leadership and powerful belief in diversifying the church and the world around her.

Bonnie was proceeded in death by her husband, Richard A. Jensen, her parents, Everett and Kathryn Hagedorn, and brother, Larry Hagedorn.

She is survived by her three children, Doron Jensen of Eagan, Minnesota; Dodelle “Dodi” Dhein (Dan) of Tallahassee, Florida; and Derek Jensen (Shawn) of Rochester, Minnesota; her eight grandchildren, Lerin Dhein, Tallahassee, Florida; Christian Jensen (Erin), Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Heidi Dhein (Gannon Audette), Tallahassee, Florida; Grey Jensen, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Careena Dhein, Eagan, Minnesota; Kacey Jensen, Rochester, Minnesota; Zoe Jensen, Rochester, Minnesota; and Emme Jensen, St. Paul, Minnesota; her three great-grandchildren, Belle Audette, Tallahassee, Florida; Catherine and Annalise Jensen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and her sister, Dixie Petersen, Wichita, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to Wartburg Theological Seminary, in Dubuque, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being completed by Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel of Hastings, www.hastingsmnfuneral.com, 651-437-9419.

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