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OBITUARY

Arlene J. Jens

March 1, 1926September 3, 2019
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Arlene Jens, 93, of Davenport, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Davenport Lutheran Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM, at Grace Lutheran Church in Davenport with visitation held prior to the service beginning at 10:30AM. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church or to the Swedish Museum, Swedesburg, Iowa. Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com. Inurnment will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Arlene was born March 1, 1926 in Fairfield, Iowa. She was the daughter of Elmer and Edith (Edmund) Johnson. She was united in marriage to Wayne Jens on September 1, 1947 in Fairfield, IA; he preceded her in death on October 25, 2017. She worked as a nursing administrator for the Bettendorf Manor and later at Davenport Lutheran Home. She was a prolific writer having been published at the age of 14 and later published poems in “Lyrical Iowa.” Her family gave her great joy and she loved spending time with them. She was active in Republican politics, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Grace Lutheran Church. She ran for public office and was active at the precinct level. Those left to cherish her memory include her sons: John (Sara) Jens and Chris (Deanna) Jens; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with one on the way. In addition to her parents and husband, Arlene was preceded in death by two brothers.

  • FAMILY

  • Elmer Johnson, Father (deceased)
  • Edith Johnson, Mother (deceased)
  • Wayne Jens, Husband (deceased)
  • John (Sara) Jens, Son
  • Chris (Deanna) Jens, Son
  • She is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with one on the way. In addition to her parents and husband, Arlene was preceded in death by two brothers.
  • DONATIONS

  • Grace Lutheran Church

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Services Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Marie Dean

September 10, 2019

Dear John and Chris,

I just heard of your mother's death. She was a great neighbour and confidant. Truly, you have my condolences. There are many memories of our long friendship. May God bless you and your families. I particularly remember watching Christmas movies at your house, which your dad took when you were little, starting with the tree. Thankfully, I saw your mom and dad in 2017 before I moved out of the area. I am sure if my parents were able to share their feelings online, they would, being some of your mom and dad's oldest friends. Marie Miller Dean

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Biography

Arlene J. Jens was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Arlene will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Arlene was born on March 1, 1926 in Fairfield, Iowa. She was the daughter of Elmer and Edith (Edmund) Johnson.

Arlene was raised with two brothers. Arlene was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

On September 1, 1947 Arlene exchanged wedding vows with Wayne Jens in Fairfield, Iowa. Empathic and loyal, Arlene was committed to making her new family happy.

Arlene worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Arlene was blessed with two, sons, John and Christopher. She also had six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Fortunately, Arlene enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Arlene worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was nurse administrator. She was employed for Bettendorf Manor and lather Davenport Lutheran Home. Arlene always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Arlene enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Arlene was a prolific writer having been published at the age of fourteen and later published poems in “Lyrical Iowa". She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

Arlene was a woman who took pride in upholding her beliefs. Politically, Arlene was active in Republican politics, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Grace Lutheran Church. She ran for public office ans was active at the precinct level.

Arlene passed away on September 3, 2019 at Davenport Lutheran Home. She is survived by sons: John (Sara) Jens and Chris (Deanna) Jens; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with one on the way. In addition to her parents and husband, Arlene was preceded in death by two brothers. Services were held at Grace Lutheran Church. Arlene was laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Simply stated, Arlene was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Arlene leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Arlene J. Jens.