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.