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Mildred Jensen, 86 - August 19, 2009


Mildred E. Jensen, 86, of Cozad, formerly of Gothenburg, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.
Services were held on Monday, Aug. 17, at the First United Methodist Church of Cozad with the Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating. Burial took place at the Cozad Cemetery.
Jensen was born Sept. 6, 1922, at Gothenburg to Murray and Lulla (Dodd) Rine. They lived on a farm at Ingham, northwest of Farnam, and later moved to Winnett, MT.
She and her family moved back to Nebraska in 1936 where she graduated from Farnam High School in 1940, and then studied to become a teacher. She had taught rural school at Ingham.
In 1941, she was united in marriage to Walter Heidebrink at her parents’ home east of Farnam. He preceded her in death in 1944. She then moved to Gothenburg in 1945 where she taught school in the area.
On April 6, 1947, she married Carl Jensen at the Antelope Baptist Church south of Gothenburg. The couple moved to Cozad in 1949. In 1971, she and her husband began Jensen’s Gift Shop in Cozad which they owned and operated until their retirement in 1986. Her husband preceded her in death in 1987.
Jensen held longtime memberships which included the First United Methodist Church, VFW, VFW Past Presidents and the Ladies Auxiliary.
She enjoyed spending quality time with her family, square dancing, traveling, knitting, playing cards and cooking big meals, according to family members.
Jensen was preceded in death by: her parents, Murray and Lulla; her first husband, Walter Heidebrink; second husband, Carl Jensen; a brother, Gerald; a sister, Grace Slack.
Survivors include: her three sons—Roger Heidebrink of Gothenburg, Doug Jensen of Cozad and Brad (Sandy) Jensen of Elizabeth, CO; a daughter, Rochelle (Ralph) Jung of Centennial, CO; stepson, Dean (Margaret) Jensen of North Platte; sister, Jean (Warren) Fales of Melbourne, AR; sister-in-law, Alice (Frank) Boyd of Gothenburg; nine grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church and the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.berrymanfuneralhome.com.