In loving memory of

Nancy Jensen
May 17, 1960 - March 20, 2020

Nancy A Nelson Jensen

Born 5/17/60 in Winona, MN to parents Leslie H Nelson and Anah Goss Munson.

She was married and divorced.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

Survived by children. Paul in Duluth, Ava in Madison, and Karalyn in Winona.

She is also survived by brother Lee Nelson, sister Lynn (Dale) Engrav, mother Anah (Howard) Munson.

She graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1978. She obtained a Bachelors in nutrition as well as a Masters in dietetics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association. She was also a member of the First Congregational Church. She would like to thank her wonderful neighbors and friends for their support. A Memorial Celebration of Life for Nancy will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, September 18 at the Hoff Celebration of Life Center in Goodview. There will be a visitation held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday before the service. Memorials to be sent to First Congregational Church of Winona. Services are entrusted to Hoff Celebration of Life Center. Memorials to be sent to First Congregational Church of Winona. Services are entrusted to Hoff funeral home.

Nancy's services will be streamed at:


Gary Kastello wrote on Sep 18, 2021:

"I was fortunate to work with Nancy at Winona State University. Students in her class not only learned a whole lot of nutrition, but about life. I am certain her street wise commentary on life to her students will not soon be forgotten. Nancy lives on in my fond memories of her. With Love & Respect, Gary Kastello"

Beth Seebach wrote on Sep 18, 2021:

"We miss you so much, Nancy! You live on in our hearts and memories! You were the first person I met when I moved to the neighborhood and helped cheer me through difficult times while battling your own. You will always live on through us!"

Kristine Hipps wrote on Sep 18, 2021:

"Nancy was one of the kindest, most generous friends I ever had. We had many, many adventures in our high school and college years, road-tripping, dining, dancing, exploring, hiking, and talking about our hopes, dreams and our silly observances about life. I will miss her humor and kindness. - Kris Hipps (Hippo)"

Stephen wrote on Nov 13, 2020:

"Nancy was my orientation and nutrition professor at WSU, and was one of the most impactful people I met in college. She was very personable and had a wonderful sense of humor. I often think of various quotes and lessons she shared with us, and was actually trying to reach out to her when I learned of this awful news. All of my love and a big hug to her friends and family "

Carol Berry wrote on Apr 13, 2020:

"Our heartfelt condolences. Carol Berry "

Sue Berry Sander wrote on Apr 12, 2020:

"Dearest Nancy and to all of your Family and Friends: You were an incredible lady that made the world a better place now and in the future too! Your presence will be missed, but the memories of you will brighten everyone\'s day. My prayers and positive thoughts are flowing toward all of your family members and friends. Take Care Everyone! All the Best to You All! Sue Berry Sander"

Cary Lynn Bright wrote on Apr 12, 2020:

"Anah, Paul, Ava, Karalyn, Lynn and Dale, Sending you virtual hugs and prayers for strength as you honor the wonderful memory of Nancy, a mother, daughter, sister and a pillar of resilience. May her memory always bring a smile and warm your heart. Though she is no longer in the physical world, her spirit will be watching over you and be there when you need her. She was more then the cancer she endured, leaving a career and students she loved and three wonderful adult children weaving their own lives with the same strength and motivation. Thank you for the gifts Nancy has given to you all and may they continue to remind you not of her loss, but of all the things she gave you during her full lifetime. "

Sheri Crandall wrote on Apr 2, 2020:

"Oh Nancy, I admired your strength, selflessness and humor through this whole battle. I was blessed to know you pretty much my whole life, from Sunday school, high school, Job?s Daughters, then I was blessed to find you as my neighbor when I bought my house. What wonderful years we got to share together, so many precious memories. I will miss you immensely and will hold you in my heart forever. My condolences and prayers go out to the family. I?m very sorry for you loss."

Jeanette & Lawrence Indra wrote on Mar 23, 2020:

"Lynn: Sympathy to you and your family. May warm and happy memories be with you as you celebrate Nancy's life. You are in our prayers."

David & Lynn Theurer wrote on Mar 23, 2020:

"Dear Anah, Lynn & Dale, Lee, Paul, Ava & Karalyn, We have many special memories of Nancy. All the fun times when she came to our house to babysit and later working together in the Winona Community. We send our love to you all. Dave & Lynn "

Nancy (Burke) Snyder wrote on Mar 22, 2020:

"Dale and Lynn, I?m so sorry to see this news of the passing of your sister. Seems an especially difficult time because I?m sure your family hesitates to come together, and families are so important at times like this. I?ll keep you in my thoughts, stay safe and healthy until this virus is defeated. Nancy Snyder"

Peggy Whalen wrote on Mar 21, 2020:

"Nancy, we knew each other from Orchestra in High School, you playing the biggest instrument possible, the Bass. I was a percussionist so we were in the back row together. We chit chatted often while they worked with that darn row of violas. We later reconnected when you were a Nutrition Instructor at SE Tech and WSU....we had some great conversations in the hallway between classes. Later you gave me your set of cross country skis because you were moving. I just took them out again this year and skid by our favorite place, Cedar Valley Lutheran Church. I will be sure to check in on your mother as we live just 2 miles away, You will be dearly missed. Praying for your families comfort as they let you wear your wings and fly high above as you watch over and protect them. I will remember you as brave. Friend, Peggy (Frank) Whalen Class of 1978. "