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Harriet Jensen

November 28, 1925 — October 22, 2017

Harriet Jensen, 91, of Redwood Falls died Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 from First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls with burial to follow in the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 4 until 8 p.m., at Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue on Friday, from 10 until 11 a.m., at the church.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Hillestad Funeral and Cremation Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via .

Harriet Louise Jensen, the daughter of Rollie and Carrie (Wilcox) Watkins, was born November 28, 1925 in Redwood Falls. She grew up in the Morton-Redwood Falls area and received her formal education in country school, Morton and Redwood Falls high schools. Harriet graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1943.

On March 19, 1945, Harriet married Russell Jensen. They made their home in the Redwood Falls area and also lived in Olivia, Danube and Clements. Harriet was first and foremost a wife, mother and homemaker. She also worked as a hired girl for the Reque family, sold Stanley products and worked at the DelMonte sweet corn plant. Harriet then worked at Control Data/MPI/Zytec/Artesyn until her retirement at the age of 72 – or so. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Harriet belonged to the Redwood Falls Christian Women’s Club, the Birthday Club and Royal Neighbors. In her spare time Harriet enjoyed doing word search puzzles, watching the Minnesota Twins and Wheel of Fortune, and playing cards.

Harriet is survived by her children Janice (Doyle) Walberg of Redwood Falls, Jerry (Mary Ann) Jensen of Redwood Falls, Linda (Terry) Wendler of Redwood Falls, John (Doreen) Jensen of Redwood Falls, Danny (Charity) Jensen of Chula Vista, California, and Kathy (Loc) Le of Eagan. Also surviving are her grandchildren Troy (Debbi) Walberg, Trevor (Dawn) Walberg, Michelle (Mitch) Heiling, Patti Guenther, Mike Jensen, Amy (John) Siegfried, Shelly Goblirsch, Jessica (Rick) Jenniges, Jennifer Christensen, Terry (Ashley) Wendler, Nathan Jensen Scott (Mandy) Jensen, Sybelle (Glenn) Mayo, Sarah Jensen (Christian Jordan), Samantha Jensen (fiancé Bryan Criger), Stephanie (Charles) Tibbs, Joshua Le, Ashley Le, and Felicia (Brian) VanderWoude; 38 great-grandchildren; sister Lucille Nelson of Redwood Falls; and sister-in-law Carol Watkins of Alabama.

She was preceded in death by her husband Russell in October 1989; sisters Ardith Jean Watkins and Dorothy Ruoho; brothers Donald and John Watkins; granddaughter Elizabeth; and great-granddaughter Niya.

Blessed be her memory.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Nelson-Hillestad Funeral Home

111 S Halvorson St, Redwood Falls, MN 56283

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