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Louise (Decker) Jensen

December 9, 1933 ~ February 27, 2019 (age 85)

Louise Jensen

Age 85 of Carbon Hill, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the home of her daughter in Coal City.

Born December 9, 1933 in Anneta, Kentucky, Louise was a daughter of Fount and Blanche (Ashley) Decker. She was raised and educated in Coal City and Carbon Hill and graduated from Coal City High School with the Class of 1953. On May 15, 1954, Louise married John T. Jensen in New Hope Presbyterian Church and together they made their home and raised their family in Carbon Hill.

Louise began her career with the First National Bank in Coal City in 1966, and continued to work in the bank for the following 30 years until retiring in 1996. She was a dedicated member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and was proud to be active with the Carbon Hill Historical Society and Museum. When she wasn’t volunteering at church, the Coal City Food Pantry or Carbon Hill Museum, Louise took great pleasure in sewing and gardening. No hobby was greater however, than her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her two children: Paula “Suzie” (Bob) Born of Coal City and Eric (Linda) Jensen of Morris; four grandchildren: Jeanine (Dave) Hibbard of Coal City, Nick Born of Coal City, Erica (Erik) Julson of Verona, Wisconsin and Brooke (Clay) Lister of Peoria; five great grandchildren: Logan Pierard, Talya Pierard, Ariana Majic, Eden Julson and Skyler Hibbard; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Mary Decker, JoAnn Decker, Walter Bradley, and Thora (the late Richard) Lohmar, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; husband John (2008); sisters: Joyce (Charles) Sumner and Linda Bradley, and two brothers: Boyd Decker and Kenneth Decker.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of funeral service 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 80 N. Garfield Street in Coal City. Rev. Dr. Roy Backus will officiate and burial will follow in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Louise will be laid to rest with her late husband John.

Pallbearers will be: Bob Born, Nick Born, Logan Pierard, Dave Hibbard, Erik Julson, Clay Lister and Tom Uerkwitz; Honorary pallbearers will be: Jeanine Hibbard, Erica Julson, Brooke Lister, Talya Pierard, Ariana Majic, Eden Julson and Skyler Hibbard.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Louise’s memory to New Hope Presbyterian Church or to the Carbon Hill Museum.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Louise’s caregivers: Melode, Joyce, Char, Kyleigh and Gail for the love and care shown to their mother, as well as Joliet Area Community Hospice for their support in the recent days.

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)

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