Children of Alfred and Helen (Vrana) Jensen, 1940s


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Four of the five children of Alfred and Helen (Vrana) Jensen stand in a row on the front step of a house. They wear winter coats, boots, and hats, squinting into the sun at the camera.

Left to right: Richard Jensen, Kenneth Jenson, Marilyn (Jensen) Butterbaugh, and Betty (Jensen) Kemp.

Richard Jensen was born on November 7, 1931 in Iowa City, Iowa. On August 20, 1955, he married Marilyn Kabela, daughter of Edward and Alice (Smith) Kabela. They had five children: Jeffrey, Cynthia, Clayton, Jonathon, and Jennifer. Richard worked for the University of Iowa. After his retirement in 1993, he took at position with the City of Coralville Parks Department. He died on June 19, 2012 (Lovetinsky et al., p. 106-107; Iowa City Press-Citizen, 2012).

Kenneth Jensen was born on October 7, 1933 in Coralville, Iowa. On August 20, 1953, he married Mary Lou Smith, daughter of James and Mary (Herman) Smith. They had ten children: Kenneth Jr., Johanna, Mary, Benjamin, Margaret, Alice, Joseph, George, Laura, and Freda. Kenneth worked as foreman of the High Tension Shop at the University of Iowa. He died on November 26, 2008 (Lovetinsky et al., p. 107; Iowa City Press-Citizen, 2008).

Marilyn Jensen was born on December 6, 1936 in Coralville. On August 20, 1954, she married Kenneth Butterbaugh, son of Leland and Meda (Glaspey) Butterbaugh. They had five children: William, Donna, James, Mary, and Joseph. Marilyn died on October 22, 2011 (Lovetinsky et al., p. 107; Iowa City Press-Citizen, 2011).

Betty Jensen was born on December 6, 1936 in Coralville, Iowa. On August 20, 1958, she married Omer Kemp, son of Benedict and Sarah (Overholt) Kemp. They had five children: Diane, Timothy, Dale, Julie, and Michael (Lovetinsky et al., p. 107).

Not pictured is Mary Ann, who was born about 1926, and passed away in October of 1932. She was six years old (Lovetinsky et al., p. 106).


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