Rose Marie Jensen

Sep 19th, 1927 - Mar 9th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Mar. 14th, 2017 11:00 AM ~ 1:00 PM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Tue, Mar. 14th, 2017 1:00 PM


Oakwood Cemetery

Tue, Mar. 14th, 2017 2:00 PM

Rose Marie Jensen

Herrin- Rose Marie Jensen, age 89, of Herrin, passed away at 5:45pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Parkway Manor Nursing Home in Marion.


Rose Marie was born in Carterville on September 19, 1927, the daughter of Henry and Hannah (Phillips) Colp. She married George O. Jensen in Cairo on June 30, 1956. Together, they have shared sixty years of marriage.


Mrs. Jensen was a long time member of the First Christian Church in Herrin. She graduated from Carterville High School, the class of 1945.  Prior to getting married, Rose Marie worked as the assistant office manager at the Metropolitan Company in Carbondale. After getting married, she focused on being a homemaker, loving wife, and mother. She was an avid sports fan and loved attending Saluki football and basketball games.  Rose Marie served as President of the Herrin Band Parents and proudly volunteered at the Herrin Hospital Gift Garden, where she donated more than 5000 hours.


Survivors include her loving husband- George O. Jensen of Herrin

Son and daughter-in-law- Eric and Marie Jensen of Oak Park, IL

Daughter and son-in-law- Caroline and Greg Phillips of Ames, Iowa

Many beloved family and friends


She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters- Zella Coriasco and LaDora Sizemore, and infant sister- Delores Colp.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Ron Henwood officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Carterville. Visitation will be held from 11am-1pm on Tuesday at the funeral home.


For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Herrin Hospital Auxiliary. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948. For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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12 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Julie Sizemore, and son Jacob Dean Sizemore

    From: Mountain Home, Arkansas

    Date: March 10, 2017

    Lots of love to all in the family! I’m glad I’ve had good memories, like having a yard sale in the back yard of the house, seeing her goldfish; hugs and a kiss on the knee when I fell on my bike; and as an adult, an open relationship where she comforted me when my first husband died. There have been many more, though we didn’t get to see each other nearly enough, the love was always there.

  • Guest: Beverly Massetto

    From: St Charles, Missouri

    Date: March 11, 2017

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Rose Marie was a wonderful person, and one of the best neighbors anyone could have. She will be greatly missed.

  • Guest: Hope (Taylor) Skarupa

    From: Gilbert, Arizona

    Date: March 11, 2017

    Remembering Rose Marie with many many fond memories as we were neighbors and our families choose for many years. Such an elegant woman. She will be sadly missed.

  • Guest: Widney Hawthorne

    From: San Diego , California

    Date: March 12, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear about Rose Marie’s passing. Many fond memories visiting your home as a child and the thought my own mother was raised in the same home!

    My heart goes out to you all!

    With sympathy,

  • Guest: Thomas Higgerson

    From: Varmahlíð, Illinois

    Date: March 12, 2017

    You are all much in my thoughts these days. I remember so well all the birthday and Christmas gifts I used to receive from Uncle George and Aunt Rose Marie when I was a child. Those presents were always a cut above what I had expected to get, and I still remember them to this day. I will always remember the hospitality that Aunt Rose Marie extended to Aunt Bertha, no less than she would have shown to a member of her own family. Keep your memories close during these times, and know that I am thinking of you.

  • Guest: Cathy Canterbury

    From: Tremont, Illinois

    Date: March 12, 2017

    So sorry for your loss she had a very long Wonderful Life thanks to her loving children and husband. Condolences

  • Guest: Linda

    From: Chesterfield, Missouri

    Date: March 12, 2017

    Losing a parent is never easy, even though it may be natural. The cost of love is grief. I pray God will soften the pain for all of you.

  • Guest: Nick Sortal

    From: Plantation, Florida

    Date: March 12, 2017

    All the band members of our era should know how much time and caring Mrs. Jensen put into helping with our trips, etc. She made a lot of lives better that we, being kids, likely took for granted. She also was a great friend to my family, and my mother cherished the time and shopping trips they made together. She really could put a smile on my mom’s face! Condolences.

  • Guest: Donny Craft

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: March 13, 2017

    So sorry, its not easy to go through. Prayers to all your family.

  • Guest: Bruce and Susan Fine

    From: Newbury Park, California

    Date: March 14, 2017

    Our hearts go out out to the Jensen family. Rose Marie was a very special lady…loving wife and mother and dear friend to all those in the community whom she gave of her time.

    We are with all of you in thought and prayer.

  • Guest: Peggi Huffman

    From: Frontenac, Missouri

    Date: March 14, 2017

    We spent a few years celebrating 4th of July in Herrin when our kids were small, and always loved hanging out at the Jensen home with Rose Marie and George. Rose Marie delighted in spending time with little ones, and our kids loved being there. Her memory will live on in our treasured photos. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Guest: Dawn

    From: , Illinois

    Date: March 15, 2017

    To the family of Rose Jensen: Imagine the time when there will be no more old age and Rose will be young and vibrant as she once was. (Job 33:25) Imagine a time when there will be no more death and all those in the grave will be resurrected. (Isaiah 25:8; Acts 24:15) Very soon we won’t have to use our imagination because these things will be a reality. We can put our faith and trust in God’s word because we know that “God cannot lie.” (Titus 1:2)