March 7, 2013


NOV. 3, 1926 — MARCH 2, 2013

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Eve S. Jensen, 86, of Oskaloosa, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa. 

Eve was born on Nov. 3, 1926, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Walter and Gracia Mae Manning Sharp. She graduated from the Hedrick High School, Parsons College in Fairfield and earned her M.A. at the University of Iowa. On March 30, 1971, she was united in marriage to Harald “Hal” Jensen in Basel, Switzerland, in a civil ceremony and then on April 15 in the Black Forest. Hal died March 26, 2002. Eve was a teacher, she taught nine years of English in Iowa and 20 years overseas for the Department of Defense: three of those in Okinawa, one year in Goose Bay, Labrador, and 16 years in Germany. Eve and Hal moved to Oskaloosa in 1981. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, People to People, AAUW, UNA, and the Oskaloosa Women’s Club. Eve was an avid writer, she has several bodies of work, some of which have been published. She and Hal had enjoyed traveling all over the world.

Her family includes a sister-in-law, Carolyn Sharpe, of Lawton, Okla.; two nieces, Lisa Hodges and Lanae Fritts; four nephews and their wives, Fred and Barbara Birk, Steve and Linda Birk, Russ and Jody Birk, and John and Carol Birk.

Besides her husband, Eve was preceded in death by her parents, her step mother, Hilda; a sister, Maureen Birk; a brother, Kenneth Sharp; and a niece, Christina Birk.

A memorial service for Eve will be held Friday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Morey officiating. As was Eve’s wish, her body has been cremated. Burial of the urn will be in the Tyler Cemetery at Tyler, Minn., at a later date. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. No visitation is planned. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.

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