Caroline O. Jensen

Caroline O. Jensen
Caroline O. Jensen, age 87, of Yankton, died Saturday, March 22, 2008 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.

Funeral services were 2 p.m., on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Gayville Lutheran Church in Gayville, with the Rev. Ralph Egbert officiating. Burial was in the Danish Cemetery in rural Gayville. Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation resumed one hour prior to the service at church.

Pallbearers are Jim Bye, Rex Bye, Dan Dringman, Michael Jensen, Glen Nelson and Anthony Nelson.

Caroline was born June 1, 1920 in Chamberlain, to Ole and Lydia (Jurgensen) Rinnan. After high school, she attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, where she obtained her teaching certificate. Caroline also received a bachelor's degree and then a master's degree in education from The University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

On June 1, 1941, Caroline married Paul Jensen in rural Gayville. They lived and farmed south of Gayville. Caroline first taught in a one room school house, then elementary school in Meckling and finally she taught third grade at Austin School in Vermillion until her retirement. Caroline was a member of the South Dakota Education Association and National Education Association. She loved traveling, reading, playing cards and enjoyed being active in politics.

Survivors include a son, David (Janet) Jensen of Yankton; a grandson, Michael Jensen and Paula Worley of Wichita, KS; two great-granddaughters, Lydia and Ava Jensen; a sister, Margaret Miller of Illinois; and six nieces and nephews.

Caroline was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul, on June 9, 2006; a brother, Harold Rinnan; and a sister, Mildred Burns.

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