Obituary for Marsha A. Jensen
Marsha Ann Jensen (nee Sheehan) was born October 10, 1948 in Amery, WI to Marshall and Wilma Sheehan of Milltown, WI. Marsha passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 28, 2015 after her courageous four-year battle with cancer.
Marsha was born and passed away in Polk County, but spent much of her early and teen life traversing the country with her father, mother and brothers while her father worked on large scale construction projects. Marsha and her brothers attended 22 different schools while traveling around the country. Marsha's family returned to the Polk County area in 1967 after Marsha's High School Graduation from Del Rio Public High School in Del Rio, TX. Marsha worked at Minnesota Plastics in St. Paul, MN before enrolling at UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI. In August of 1970 Marsha married Mark W. Jensen of Luck, WI. Mark and Marsha's first married years were spent in Menomonie and Neenah, WI where their children, Jacob and Jacqueline, were born. In 1976 Mark and Marsha came back to Luck to join Marks parents, Levi and Harriet, in the family business of Jensen Furniture. Marsha spent their first years in Luck raising their children and doing child care from their home in Luck. Marsha officially joined the family business in 1984 where she worked side by side with her family until her health would not allow her to.
Marsha was actively involved in the American Legion Auxillary Post 255 where she served as an officer of different capacities, over a decade on the Luck Village Board, Kinship Mentor, Luck Winter Carnival Little Miss Pageant Coordinator, Luck Commercial and Community Club, and Luck Lutheran Church. While Marsha did not favor the limelight of public affection she graciously accepted the opportunity to be Honorary Chair of the Luck Cancer Society Cancer Walk in 2013 and Grand Marshal for the Luck Winter Carnival in 2014.
Marsha's greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, including seven grandchildren. Along with being a talented gardener, Marsha was an excellent cook and loved spending time in her kitchen cooking for her family, teaching her daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters her craft, and her gift of hosting annual family gatherings where Marsha would graciously open the doors of their home for all to enjoy. Marsha also enjoyed sightseeing from her and Marks motorcycle, camping with the grandkids, taking (self-named) putt putts around Big Butternut Lake on their pontoon, attending her grandchildrens many athletic and musical events, and reminiscing about her family history.
Marsha was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall and Wilma (Jensen-Reitz) Sheehan; her oldest brother, Leroy (Dixie Mabry) Carston; brother, Pat Sheehan; sister-in-law, Jane Sheehan; and niece, Cherie Strohl.
Marsha is survived by her husband, Mark; children, Jacob J. (Sonja) Jensen and Jacqueline (Craig) Gordon; brother, Timothy J. Sheehan; niece, Emily L. Sheehan; grandchildren, Isabelle Ann Jensen, Levi Marshall Jensen, Wyatt Jacob Jensen, Julia Ruby Gordon, Marshall Ray Gordon, Jameson Jensen Gordon, and Blake Joseph Tomandl; sister-in-law, Dixie Carston and her children, Charlene Carston, Charles Carston, and Cindy Fitton; sister-in-law, Margaret (Bill) Jensen Connet and her children, Daniel, Andrew, and Samuel; and many great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
The family would like to thank the members of Luck and surrounding communities for all of the well wishing and prayers sent Marshas way, along with the caregiving team from Lean On Me Homecare, and St. Croix Hospice.
Marsha's family has requested Memorials be designated to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 255, The Courage Center, Hope House and Interfaith Caregivers of Polk County, Luck Lutheran Church, Luck Public Library, Luther Point Bible Camp, and Kinship of Polk County.