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Clair "Terry" F Jenson

October 10, 1936 ~ May 24, 2018 (age 81)

Funeral Services for Clair “Terry” Jenson of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.  The Reverend Eileen Woyen will officiate.  Interment will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Albert Lea.  Military Honors will be accorded by Albert Lea Veteran’s Organizations.  Visitation will be one hour before services at the church. Terry died at Good Samaritan Society on Thursday, May 24, 2018.  He was 81. He was born on October 10, 1936,  in Bancroft Township, Minnesota, the son of Fremodt and Vera (Kendrick) Jenson. Terry attended Albert Lea High School and then proudly served our country in the US Marines from 1953-1955. After his honorable discharge he returned home, and began working at the Albert Lea Tribune and Austin Daily Herald working in for more than 40 years in composing and as the pressroom foreman.  After retiring, he enjoyed his work as a custodian for District #241.  Clair also bartended at the Stable’s Supper club evenings and weekends for more than 25 years. He married Charlene H. Peterson on September 9, 1956, at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin, Minnesota, and to this union  Shawn, Randy, Jonelle, Kristin and Mitchell were born. Together they enjoyed raising their family and immersing themselves in their many activities which included showing horses.  They also enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Beaver Lake and traveling which included trips to Europe and Asia. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he was Past President of the congregation and sang in the choir for many years. Terry is survived by : daughter Shawn (Dean) VanHal of Ellendale, son Randy (Carole) Jenson of  Rochester, daughter  Jonelle Ignaszewski of Albert Lea, and daughter Kristin Saari of Rochester.  He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; sisters: Phyllis and her husband Dick Tavis  JoAnn and her husband James Malepsy, Lorraine and her husband William Malepsy, Elaine and her husbsand Loren Porter all of Albert Lea, Sharon and her husband Geoffrey Hobin of Gladwin, Michigan; brother-in-law Robert Bahl, sister-in-law Doreen Peterson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Mitchell,  his wife Charlene, and his constant companion and pet friend Barker. Terry will be lovingly  remembered for his ability to “fix things”, his supervisory skills, and his always present keen sense of humor.



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