Charlene Renee Jenson née Heller passed away in her home Sunday June 14, 2015 under the watch of her loving husband Lynn Jenson. Charlene was born on January 1, 1957 in Williston, North Dakota to Glen and Jennine Heller. She attended Williston High School, graduating in 1975, where she made many lifelong friends. Following graduation Charlene married Lynn Jenson and the two became inseparable. The couple briefly moved to the west coast before returning to Williston, eventually settling in Fargo in 1986, moving into their long time home in 1991. Charlene was a homemaker who devoted her life to raising her two children, Desmond and Gabe. Charlene could often be found volunteering or chaperoning at their school events whenever she could. A longtime member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, Charlene served on the Altar Guild for many years and was the head or co-head of the guild from 1992-2009. She enjoyed beautifying the worship spaces and filling the sanctuary with flowers for the holidays. Charlene’s greatest passion, other than her family, was her garden. Every year it seemed more patches of grass would disappear, with more flowers replacing them. The “Secret Garden” often attracted the curiosity of passersby, including a member of Soroptimist International of Fargo As a result her garden was featured on their garden tour in 2007. Charlene is survived by her husband Lynn Jenson, her sons Desmond and Gabe Jenson, Desmond’s wife Allison and their two children Wilder and Linnea Jenson, her siblings Lyle Heller, Karen Bean, Glenda Vennes, and Myron Heller. She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Jennine Heller and her sister Lyla Tyrie. A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Thursday June 18, 2015 at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota. The family will be available for visitation beginning at 10:00AM and a lunch will be served following the service. If you knew Charlene well, you knew how much she loved the color purple. Please feel free to wear purple on Thursday to honor Charlene. The family also asks that attendees of the memorial service feel free to bring cut flowers, of all sorts, from their homes in lieu of purchasing arrangements. No bouquet was ever too large or small for Charlene and she would have loved to see the sanctuary filled with flowers.  

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  1. I am so so sorry to hear about Charlene passing. and my prayers goes out to her Family at this time. Charlene was a very sweet lady and she will be Miss by everyone.

  2. My prayers are with you Lynn and your family. I lost the love of my life a little over a year ago so I understand the pain. May you be surrounded by family and friends in the days ahead. I pray for peace for you Lynn.
    My prayers
    Wendy Ellefson

  3. Lynn and family – Charlene was a beautiful person. She was a ray of sunshine to everyone who crossed her path. She is and will be greatly missed.

  4. What a beautifully posed Obituary…
    Charlene is a perfect example of everything good and kind.
    Her courageous spirit will remain….
    I saw a humming bird, a butterfly, and. New “Love Song” lavender rose buds in my new memory rose garden…I’m planting another lavender/purple Love Song Rose for her on Thursday…I’m so sorry for your loss. She’s waiting to greet all who loved her…We can all take a valuable life lesson from Charlene.
    May the memories bring you peace, and the prayers bring you comfort…Blessings to all who loved her, there are so many with so much love for her precious soul.

  5. Lynn, Gabe and Desmond, I am so sorry and sad to hear that Charlene passed away. I am very thankful that I got to spend some time with her during my ND travels last year. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Lori

  6. Lynn, Desmond, Gabe and families, and to all the Heller siblings, what a sad sad day to hear of Charlene passing. Every time I think of her I see that big smile! She was a devoted wife,mother and finally a grandmother! I can only imagine how happy she was when she was with the little ones. It was always great to see pictures of her in the garden. I know it was one of her favorite places. May you all find comfort in sharing the memories you’ve made. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

  7. To the family of Charlene Jenson,
    I’m very sorry about the loss of your loved one. I wanted to share the scriptural hope that has given me so much comfort. I hope it will help you also. The Bible shows that God did not intend for humans to suffer and die, at any age. (Romans 5:12). It also calls death an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26). God promises to remove death forever. (Isaiah 25:8). He also promises to soon restore the earth and humans to his original purpose for them. Then he will resurrect our loved ones onto a cleansed, paradise earth where we can welcome them back. (John 5:28,29; Psalm 37:10,11,29). Please visit jw.org to find satisfying answers from the Bible, free of charge. I truly am sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Susan Novak

  8. I was so sorry to hear of Charlene’s passing. I remember her beautiful smile, her generous spirit, and her deep and abiding love for her family. Every time that I talked to Charlene, I walked away smiling. She knew how to make everone feel special and she saw goodness in everything. My sincerest sympathies! Susan Kolstad

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Charlene’s passing. I have not seen my cousin for many years but have fond memories. You are all in my prayers at this very sad time.
    Diane (Thorpe) Hemenway

  10. Lynn & Family, Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. May many wonderful memories of your loved one, sustain you during this difficult time.

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