Gloria A. Jensen joined the Saints Triumphant on Sunday, Nov. 6, after a short battle with cancer.

Gloria was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Chicago Heights, Illinois to William and Esther (nee Hotchkins) Nietfeldt. The family moved to the Burlington area in 1954. She was united in Christian marriage with John Jensen on Oct. 17, 1964. Together, they ran Jensen Painting and Jensen Decor Center in Burlington. John preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 2017.

Gloria was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burlington from 1954 until the time of her death. She was involved in the Lutheran Girl Pioneer program for many years as a leader and as a council member. She participated in both the church choir and church bell choir for many years and, in recent years, was a member of the Women’s Ministry group. For the last 20 years, she made personalized banners to commemorate the baptisms of each new Child of God brought into God’s family through the waters of Holy Baptism. Gloria and John both served on the board for Mt. Hope Cemetery and volunteered many hours at the Racine County Fair.

Gloria is survived by her children, Dan (Laurie) Jensen of Burlington and Vicki Jensen of Algoma; by three much-loved grandchildren, Jeremiah, Emily, and Lucas Jensen, of Burlington; by brothers Robert (Fran) Nietfeldt and William (Flora) Nietfeldt; sisters-in-law Dorothy Nietfeldt and Debra Metzger; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and dear friends.

Gloria suffered from Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis for over 40 years. Both of which are “invisible” diseases because, outwardly, a person looks fine. However, both of them cause great pain, and pain can change things. We find great comfort in the words of Isaiah 40:31,”But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” All of her pain is gone and she is at perfect peace.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Karen Kammer, Val Zepezauer, and the women of St. John’s Women’s Ministry group who selflessly gave of their time to sit with Mom when we couldn’t be there. We would also like to thank her hospice nurse, Pam Crafton, for the amazing care and support she offered to all of us and the staff of Angels Grace who took such wonderful care of her during her last week.

Services for Gloria will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burlington, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Noah Headrick presiding. Visitation for family and friends will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery will follow the service.

Memorials may be given to St. John’s Parking Lot fund, Time of Grace Ministries, or Mt. Hope Cemetery.

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you do not grieve in the same way as the others, who have no hope. Indeed, if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, then in the same way we also believe that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14.

Legacy Funeral Services has the honor of serving the family. Well-wishers may visit www.Legacyfuneralservices.com.