Joseph "Joe" Jensen, age 56, was known for his unending love for his family and friends. Joe passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, in his home in Dairyland, Wis.
Joe was born in Red Wing, Minn., to Aloyed and Margaret Jensen on August 22, 1953. He and his family moved to Hastings, Minn., where he spent the rest of his childhood. Joe graduated from Hastings High School in 1971, where he was elected class president by his classmates. After high school, Joe attended Dakota County Vocational Technical Institute where he received a degree in parts counterman and sales in 1973.
Joe worked for a few years then moved to California for a year. After California, he moved to Australia for six months before moving back to Minnesota, where he started working at Tousley Ford.
Joe met his wife Alvera through his co-worker Harley Sanders, who is also Alvera's brother. Joe and Vera dated for five years before they married on August 18, 1990. Joe and Vera lived in White Bear Lake for many years before moving to their vacation home in Dairyland in 1999.
Joe enjoyed many things and had many diverse interests. His most avid hobbies were building and riding motorcycles, playing music on his bass guitar, building musical equipment and muzzle loading.
Joe was preceded in death by his father, Aloyed Jensen.
He is survived by his wife, Alvera; his children, Diana (Steve) Peters, Debra (Adam) Pavlicek, Daniel (Nicole) Sear, Dawn (Matthew) Haas; his grandchildren, Bradley and Elizabeth; his great-granddaughter, Tori; his mother, Margaret; his brother, Dan (Carolyn) Jensen; sister, JoAnn (Dean) Knutson; his godsons, Ben and Zach; his niece, Karen, and nephew, Matt.
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 29, with visitation from 12-1 p.m. at the Siren Covenant Church with Pastor David Guertin officiating. Music was provided by Joyce Highstrom.
A local service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, with visitation from 12-1 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 220 W. Main St., Cannon Falls, MN 55009.
Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster. Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taylor.com.