Judy Jensen


Judy Jensen Judy Kay Jensen, age 71 of Redwood Falls, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Garnette Gardens after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 18 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.  Burial is in the Redwood Falls Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Judy Kay (Ernst) Jensen was born on January 18, 1945, in Hankinson, North Dakota to Arthur and Ann (Slaby) Ernst.  She was the youngest of two daughters.  Judy lived in Hankinson and attended school until 1953 when the family moved to Minneapolis.  In 1958 the family moved to Aberdeen where Judy graduated from high school.  She attended college at Northern State University and Aberdeen School of Commerce.  Judy married Craig Hilton in 1965 in Aberdeen.  Together they had two sons, Chad and Tim.  They moved to Redwood Falls in 1969 where the family owned their own clothing store for a period of time.  Judy worked for a local bank as teller.  She later started a 19 year career with Farmer’s Union, where she retired in 2008 as head of sales.  In 1996, Judy married John Jensen at Christmas, her favorite time of the year, while all the children were gathered together at home. John and Judy were best friends who treasured each day together.  Judy was always active and busy in life.  She enjoyed reading and watching her kids and grandchildren participate in sports and activities while they were growing up.  She also enjoyed crocheting, doing puzzles, and planting flowers.  Judy loved taking walks with John and her dog, JJ, and spending time at the lake with John and her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Fred.  Judy was known for her kindness, generosity, love for children, and bubbly personality.  She spent numerous hours volunteering at the hospital and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Judy had a fondness for decorating her home for each holiday of the year and especially loved winter and snowmen.

Judy is survived by her husband, John of 19 years; son, Chad (Kim) Hilton and his family of Marshall (grandsons, Coby and Caden, and granddaughter, Cassidy); son, Timothy (Wanda) Hilton and his family of Indianola, IA (granddaughter, Avarie, and grandson, Graham); sister, Mary (Fred) Garland of Sturgis, SD; three step-daughters: Lisa (James) Prater of Alexandria (John Ray, Sadie, Jaycie, and Karleigh), Michelle (Tony) LeFebvre of Edina (Isabelle, Louie, and Henry), and April (Brent) Berreth of Moorhead (Christopher, Carson, and Kaitlyn). She is preceded in death by her parents and nephew Darin Garland.


  1. Karae Erie says:

    So sorry to hear if your loss, John. I will always remember Judy’s smile and her caring nature. She truly was a good person.

  2. linda Abrahamson says:

    John, so sorry for your loss. I will not be able to attend any of the services. I am home from a month and a half in the hospital but still not very mobile. Sending good thoughts and happy times I had with Judy.

  3. Angela Ellerbroek says:

    Chad and Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. Judy was so kind and will be greatly missed. Thinking of you and your family.

  4. Patricia A Weckwerth says:

    John, so sorry for your loss. Judy will be remembered as a kind and caring person. We pray for comfort and strength for you and family.

  5. Cheryl Coulson says:

    You have my deepest sympathy, John. Had no idea that Judy had been battling that horrible disease!
    Cheryl Coulson

  6. Mike and Lorraine Jensen says:

    Sonny, we are so sorry to hear that Judy passed away. Sorry we cannot be there with you. Sending you lots of Love, Hugs and Prayers.
    Mike and Lorraine

  7. Jan Guennigsmann says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. The loss of your partner in life is devastating. I wish you strength. Take solace in the happy memories you shared, hold them close to your heart and pull them out when you need them the most. Take care John.
    Jan Guennigsmann

  8. Don Davis says:

    Judy was a very special person, a good friend, and loyal employee. I will treasure all the good times of laughter, caring, and conversation. I will not be able to attend the Services, but my thoughts and prayers will be with Judy’s Family and Friends.

  9. Wanda Hitchcock says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you John and your family. Judy was my best and dearest friend for almost 50 years and will miss her greatly. She will always be in my thoughts and remember our good times. Hope you will find comfort in your memories. She was the nicest loving person I know.

  10. John and Lisa Meyen says:

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. May God be with you during this trying time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Bob & Teresa Brown says:

    Dear Chad & family, So sorry to hear about your mom. My Dad is also battling Alzheimer’s and it’s so tough on the family to witness the changes associated with it. I hope you find comfort knowing your mom is pain free now. Thoughts & Prayers with you and your family during this difficult time.

  12. Lorri Heiling says:

    So sorry to hear this news, I used to live by them in Redwood Falls, and babysat Chad and Tim. She was the sweetest gal and so kind to me. Your family is in my prayers!
    ~Lorri (Randgaard) Heiling

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