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Ruth Patricia Jensen

Ruth Patricia Jensen

Patricia Jensen, 89, of Granite Falls, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Granite Falls Manor. Memorial services will be held at 11 am Thursday, April 24th at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. Funeral arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls.

Ruth Patricia "Pat" (Rupp) Jensen was born August 18, 1924, in Westbrook, Minnesota, on the family farm. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Pat graduated from the Westbrook High School. Following high school she started nurses training, until it was postponed due to World War II.

Pat was united in marriage to Robert G. Jensen on October 13, 1943, at her parents' home in Westbrook. Pat moved to New York City to be near her husband while his ship was in dry dock for repairs. While in New York she worked at Macy's Department Store. Following Robert's honorable discharge from the Navy, they moved back to Westbrook. To this union six children were born: Susan Kathy, Michael Robert, Gary Lee, Richard Allan, James Edmund and Penelope Ruth.

During her life Pat worked as a receptionist/assistant for Dr. Carlson and was in a partnership with her brother James running a restaurant and drive inn. Pat and Bob owned and operated Jensen's Hillside Motor Court for 41 years. Her biggest job was raising six children.

She is survived by her children: Susan Kathy Johnson (Theodore) of Granite Falls; Michael Robert Jensen (Colleen Gibbs) of Mound; Richard Allan Jensen of Lakeville; James Edmund Jensen of Edina; Penelope Ruth "Penny" Paulson (Dan) of Alexandria; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; sisters-in-law: Patricia Loppnow of Amarillo, Texas and Diane Rupp of Minneapolis; daughters-in-law: Marsha Jensen Kouchar, Gayle Jensen Nellermoe and Cindy Jensen Swang; and several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Robert in 2013; son Gary Lee in 2000, brother James Rupp in 2013 and sister Jean Rupp Takle.