Katherine “Kay” Jensen
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 8:37pm admin
Katherine “Kay” Jensen, age 82, Rapid City, formerly of Kadoka, South Dakota, died on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Fountain Springs Healthcare in Rapid City.
Katherine Alyce Jensen, better known as “Kay” by her family and friends, was born November 28, 1935, in New Underwood, South Dakota to William and Hazel (Hopkins) Norton.
She grew up on a ranch north of Kadoka, and attended Kadoka High School, graduating in 1953. She then attended Black Hills Normal in Spearfish, where she attained her BS degree in Education. She then taught in Riverton, Wyoming. It was there she met Glen Jensen on a blind date. Although Glen showed up late, she forgave him, and they were married.
They moved to Casper, Wyoming where she taught third grade. They then moved to her parent’s ranch north of Kadoka. She taught in Philip for two years, before teaching in Kadoka. She remained in Kadoka until retiring after 39 years of teaching. During her time of teaching, she was able to earn two different Master Degrees at Black Hills State College. In addition to teaching 5th grade in Kadoka, she taught nights at Eagle Nest College in Wanblee for 20 years.
Kay loved to spend time with her family, and cherished the time she had with her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader, and a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church.
Grateful for having shared her life include her husband Glen, Rapid City; two daughters, Shawn Pahlke and her husband, Daniel, of Rapid City, and Shivaun Williams and her husband Steve, Norris; four grandchildren, Key Addison, Royal Addison, Benjamin Pahlke and Samuel Pahlke; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William Richie, as an infant in 1939.
A visitation was from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kadoka.
Funeral services are held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, at Concordia Lutheran Church.
Private family interment will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Kadoka.