LAVONNE JENSEN

L. Jensen webphotoLaVonne Jensen, of Mora, died on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Grace Point Crossing East in Cambridge.  She was 86 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora.  Rev. Dean Oelfke will officiate.

VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

LaVonne Darlene Jensen, of Mora, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2014 at GracePointe Crossing East Gables in Cambridge Minnesota.  She was 86 years old.

LaVonne was born on July 13, 1927 in Walnut Grove, Minnesota to parents Wade and Ella (Fuchs) Smith.   She grew up on the family farm, the third of three siblings, and attended school at Walnut Grove until the age of 16.  Her family then moved to Mora where she graduated from high school in 1944.  She then moved to Washington D.C. where she worked as a secretary in the Pentagon near the end of World War II.  After about two years, she moved back to Mora. 

LaVonne met her future husband Paul Jensen, while he was home on leave from the Merchant Marines, at the Golden Slipper Restaurant in Mora where she worked as a waitress while still in high school. They maintained contact with each other while Paul was in the service and eventually were married at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora on December 5, 1946. The couple lived in Minneapolis Minnesota where LaVonne worked as a secretary and Paul drove a street car.  She gave birth to their first son, Ronald, in Minneapolis.  In 1951 LaVonne and Paul bought a farm in Braham, Minnesota.  It was on the farm where three more sons, Michael, Allen and Steven (twins) were born and raised.  In addition for caring for her children, LaVonne worked at Dahlman Manufacturing as a secretary for about five years.  She then worked for a short time at Kanabec State Bank and then began working at Tinker and Johnsons in Mora where she worked until she retired in 1984.  During their time on the farm, the family attended Brunswick Lutheran Church where all four sons were confirmed.  In 1979 LaVonne and Paul sold the farm and moved to a lake home on Fish Lake near Mora Minnesota.  During their retirement years, LaVonne and Paul spent several winters in Mission, Texas where they owned a second home.  Later they sold their lake home and Texas home and bought a home in Mora where she lived the last years of her life.   LaVonne’s hobbies included bowling when she was younger, reading, and traveling.  LaVonne was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who is going to missed by all who knew her and loved her.

LaVonne was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Dale and Wayne Smith, and grandson Shannon Jensen.

She is survived by her husband Paul; sons, Ronald (Lana) of Hinckley; Mike (Karen) of Shakopee; Allen (Shari) of Stanchfield; and Steven (Kathy) of Cambridge; 10 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alvin Jensen; Thelma (Donald) Johnson; Floyd (Marilyn) Jensen; Norman (Doris) Jensen; and Sonja (Archie) Zellman all of Mora; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

3 guestbook entries for LAVONNE JENSEN

  1. Richard & Susan McMullen January 18, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Mike & Karen & family,
    Our Sympathy to you on the loss of your mother, grandmother. I just remember her as being a very nice lady and she will be missed by everyone. May she Rest in Peace.

  2. Janice Jensen January 20, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    Paul, Ron, Mike, Steve, Allen and family,

    Growing up my parents, 3 sisters and I loved visiting Paul, Vonnie and our 4 cousins on their farm in Braham. Our families would get “feelings” whether we would visit each other Sunday afternoons. As I got older I still loved visiting their farm. I would listen to my mom and Vonnie talking. Vonnie had a great sense of humor. She was a great story teller – usually about her family. Both my mom and Vonnie loved to read. I would always listen to her book reviews. I will always remember the time we came to visit – She said “I look like hell – but I feel all right.”

    She was a beautiful woman who will be missed.

  3. Renee Renz January 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    I was so saddened to hear about Vonnie’s passing. She was a super lady and it was an honor having her as one of my aunts. I am especially happy to have been able to visit with her when I was in Mora in September. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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