Marie Jensen

April 19, 2018

obit marie jensenSept. 1, 1941 – April 10, 2018

Marie K. Jensen, age 76 of Brookings, South Da­kota, formerly of Aurora, South Dakota, passed away Tuesday, April 10 at the United Living Community in Brookings. Visitations will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 20 at the Eidsness Funeral Home in Brook­ings. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at First English Lutheran Church in Auro­ra, South Dakota. Follow­ing lunch at the Little Hall in Aurora, burial will be in Pioneer Lutheran Cem­etery, northwest of White, South Dakota. Eidsness Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First English Lutheran Church in Aurora, the American Heart Association, or the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
Marie Kathryn (Hin­richsen) Jensen was born Sept. 1, 1941 in Hendricks to John and Gladys (Dear­born) Hinrichsen. She was baptized Dec. 7, 1941 and confirmed June 5, 1955 in the Lutheran church. Marie grew up on a farm in the valley east of White, South Dakota, along with her five siblings. Over the years, the nieces and nephews have loved listening to the siblings’ many childhood farm memories and sto­ries. She attended grade school and graduated from eighth grade at Brookings County Valley School Dis­trict 75 in 1957.
At about the age of 16 she began working as a caregiver for an elderly woman near Canby. On Sept. 6, 1959 she mar­ried Carol Paul Drietz of Ivanhoe, and they had one child, Diane Marie. Carol was killed in a car accident in 1963. Marie married Kresten (Kran) Jensen of Aurora, South Dakota on June 23, 1969. They were married for 22 years when Kresten passed away in 1991. Through the years, she was employed at Deu­brook High School, Holiday Inn, and Brookview Man­or. After suffering from a stroke and broken hip, she moved into Park Place As­sisted Living in 2003 and in 2004, the United Retire­ment Center (currently the United Living Community) in Brookings, South Dako­ta where she resided until the time of her death.
Marie enjoyed danc­ing, music, fishing, jigsaw puzzles, and playing cards and board games, but her ultimate joys were being a homemaker and spending time with her family.
She is lovingly remem­bered and survived by one daughter, Diane (Kevin) Kane of Woodland Park, Colorado; two grandsons, Kyle (Liz) Kane of Centen­nial, Colorado and Troy (Hannah) Kane of Carle­ton, Nebraska; six great grandchildren—Dakota, David, Elaine, Kristian, Wyatt, and Ryker; one brother, Roy (Sharon) Hinrichsen of Wabash, In­diana; two sisters, Phyllis Coyle of Brookings, South Dakota and Karen Denison of Estelline, South Dakota; as well as numerous nieces and nephews
Marie was preceded in death by her husbands Carol Paul Drietz and Kresten (Kran) Jensen; her parents; two sisters, Helen Graslie and Betty Sko­gen; and one niece, Sheryl (Graslie) Brown.

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