Nancy Elizabeth Jensen

July 12, 1923April 21, 2018

Nancy Elizabeth Jensen, 94, of Duluth passed away peacefully Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Keystone Bluffs in Duluth. She was born on July 12, 1923 to Axel and Gerda Franson in Duluth.

Nancy attended Chester Park Elementary, East Jr. High, and Central High School graduating in 1941. She married Henry “Hank” Jensen on November 2, 1946. She was a stay-at-home mom for their four children along with managing the books for her husband’s golf pro business. She also volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital for just shy of 50 years.

Nancy enjoyed golfing, bowling, crocheting, knitting, and playing bridge. She described herself as a sports enthusiast, thoroughly enjoying being a spectator at all her children’s, grandchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s many different activities.

Nancy will be remembered for her devotion to her husband and family. Her advice to the younger generation of today is “Enjoy every minute and treasure the memories, life goes by too fast”. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Hank Jensen; granddaughter, Jennifer Martin; and sister, June Sampson Peterson.

Nancy will be greatly missed by her children, Carolyn (Jerry) Braiedy of Hermantown; Jim (Deb) Jensen of Bemidji, Jayne (Art) Martin of Park Rapids, and Paul (Shelly) Jensen of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other family members.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the friends and caring staff at Keystone Bluffs. Visitation: 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Hillside United Methodist Church, 1801 Piedmont Ave., Duluth. Entombment will be in Sunrise Memorial Park. Please leave a memory or words of support for the family at .


  • Hank Jensen, Husband
  • June Sampson Peterson, Sister
  • Carolyn (Jerry) Braiedy, Daughter
  • Jim (Deb) Jensen, Son
  • Jayne (Art) Martin, Daughter
  • Paul (Shelly) Jensen, Son
  • Nancy will also be greatly missed by her eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and other family members.

  • Kevin Braiedy
  • John Martin
  • Drew Jensen
  • Reidar Jensen


  • Visitation Thursday, April 26, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 26, 2018

Nancy Elizabeth Jensen

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Jon & Fay Sampson

April 24, 2018

To; Carolyn, Jim, Jayne, Paul,
Your mother meant a lot to us and we have special memories of Nancy stopping at our house almost daily for coffee, to chat about her days at Wilkins Lake with June and Cliff, to update us about her kids, grandkids, great grandkids or whatever the hot topic of the day was.
Our sympathy for this loss goes out to all of you.
Jon & Fay Sampson

Joan Scinocca

April 24, 2018

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family of Nancy. She was a Mary Kay customer of mine from 1999-2014. Occasionally, she would be home when I dropped off her order, and we would always have such a nice chat. She was so friendly and eager to hear about how my family was doing and what other things I was involved in. May your memories of Nancy help all of you during this difficult time.
Joan Scinocca
Duluth, MN