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Obituary for Solveig U. Jensen
Solveig Utoft Jensen, 98, of Luck, WI died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Luck United Pioneer Home. She was born in Milltown, WI, the daughter of Henrik and Jenny Utoft. Solveig attended the Little Butternut School in West Denmark, graduated from Luck High School in 1931, attended Grand View College, Des Moines, IA (1931-1932), and received a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Art from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Solveig taught in Milltown, WI, Askov, MN, Neillsville, WI, and, for 23 years from 1954-1977, in St. Croix Falls, WI, as a kindergarten teacher. Solveig also was a lifelong, active member of the West Denmark Lutheran Church. Solveig valued the rich spiritual, intellectual, and educational life of the West Denmark community.
Solveig married Ove Jensen of Nysted, NE on December 28, 1946. They settled in West Denmark, living in a house that her father built on Little Butternut Lake, and had two children, Mary and John. After Ove’s death in August 1986, she married George Schlagenhauf in December 1987.
Activities that Solveig enjoyed included travels to Scandinavian countries, in particular visits with relatives and friends in Denmark. She also enjoyed the arts, including music and singing, picnics and nature walks, reading and hearing about current ideas and events, entertaining family and friends, and playing bridge, 500, and other card games. In retirement, Solveig taught children’s crafts and Danish language. In addition, she collected, recorded, and created stories of family and community history. She was an active contributor to both the Danebod Family Camp (Tyler, MN) and the West Denmark Family Camp. She treasured spending time with and visiting her children and grandchildren. She delighted in the accomplishments, big and small, of family members, extended family members, and friends.
On May 18, Solveig was buried at the West Denmark Lutheran Church Cemetary. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ove; her husband, George; and three brothers, Alf, Evald, and Svend. She is survived by her daughter, Mary; her son, John, and his wife, Cathy; three granddaughters, Karn Brown, Kirsten Jensen, Marta Jensen; son-in-law, Eric Brown; great grandson, Evan James Brown; stepdaughter, Ruth Crandall; and stepson, George Schlagenhauf, Jr.
Gifts in memory of Solveig can be sent to either West Denmark Lutheran Church (2478 170 St., Luck WI 54853) or Church and Life (P.O. Box 9, Trout Creek, MI 49967).
Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, WI was entrusted with funeral arrangements, www.rowefh.com 715-472-2444