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Jackie Lensing
March 21, 1967 - May 11, 2021

Jacqueline Kay (Loomis) Lensing, 54, of Oelwein was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.  She left this world tragically on Tuesday May 11, 2021.  Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday May 18, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM on Wednesday May 19, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.  Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens at Hazleton with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Ross Reid Post 9 of Oelwein .  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Oelwein Kitchen Cupboard, American Legion Post 9 or the Otter Creek Animal Shelter.  Jackie's service was recorded and can viewed on the Sacred Heart website at the following link: www.sacredheartoelwein.com 

Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is required.  Those in attendance are required to wear a mask.

She was born to Eugene and Hazel “Pat” (Whitehead) Loomis on March 21, 1967 in Waterloo, Iowa.  She attended Denver Community Schools and graduated in 1986.  After graduation, Jackie enlisted in the Air Force following in the footsteps of her father and brothers and proudly served her country.  She completed her basic training at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio.

She met Keith Ballard at Grissom Air Force Base while serving as one of the first women in her specialty of Base Security Forces.  The two married and had one child, Brandi Marie.  They later divorced and Jackie moved back to Iowa.  She met C.J. Lensing while she lived in Hazleton and the two married on September 28, 1996 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  Together, they had two children, Joseph and Jonathan. 

Jackie went to Hawkeye Community College to earn her degree as a secretary and worked at Vogel Insurance and later Cetera Investment Services.  She served as a board member at the American Legion in Oelwein and was recently working as a bartender at the American Legion.  She loved working and loved meeting people and loved her new job. 

She was a loving grandmother to Kinsee, Ryker, and Quincy.  She loved spending time with them, taking them camping, and doing fun activities with them.  They will miss her greatly. 

Jackie never missed an opportunity to tell her three children how proud of them she was.  She always referred to them as the three greatest things she ever did. Jackie was a caring friend, and was the life of the party.  She could make anyone laugh by quoting movie scenes and doing her Cynthia Impression.  She will be missed greatly.

Jackie is survived by her husband, C.J. Lensing; three children: Brandi (Daniel) Banks, Joseph and Jonathan (Ashley Ricchio) Lensing; grandchildren: Alexis, Kinsee, Ryker and Quincy Banks; three brothers: Gene Jr. (Tricia), Mike (April), and Mark (Robin) Loomis; her father and mother in law, Clair & Mary Lensing; her brother in law, Jim (Sunni) Lensing and her sister in law, Sue (Dave) Elizondo; two aunts: Marjorie Grimm and Dorothy (Lee) Buhr; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She is preceded into death by her parents and grandparents.


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Juan and Naomi Elizondo on May 19, 2021 at 9:03 AM said:

Deb Albert on May 18, 2021 at 5:21 PM said:

So very sorry for your family's loss
Debra Albert on May 18, 2021 at 5:19 PM said:

So very sorry for your loss .
Jerry Mundt on May 18, 2021 at 4:07 PM said:

Sorry for your loss, my sympathy for you and your family CJ.
Anna Jones on May 18, 2021 at 9:26 AM said:

Sending so many hugs and prayers to all the family. The world will miss that big smiley face of Jackie's. A beautiful soul, gone way too soon.
Elaine Gallagher on May 17, 2021 at 9:16 PM said:

Sending my deepest sympathy to you C.J. and your family and also to the Loomis family. Thinking of all of you.
Anne Murray on May 17, 2021 at 5:30 PM said:

My heartfelt sympathy to your family. Jackie was a special person and will be sadly missed.
Wendy Engelbrecht on May 17, 2021 at 9:21 AM said:

Sending my heartfelt condolences to your family. Sue has shared wonderful stories about her sister in law over the years and although I never met her, I could feel what an amazing person she was. May your memories comfort you today and always.

Wendy Engelbrecht
Ellen Gaffney on May 17, 2021 at 6:44 AM said:

Heartfelt sympathy to friends and family of Jackie Lensing in the loss of someone wo very special.
She was a refreshing breath of fresh air to all who knew her.
May she rest in peace.
Oklahoma Heartland Chapter of the AFSFA on May 16, 2021 at 9:28 AM said:

And Now We Say Goodbye

Great sadness fills our hearts today
as pipes and drums, in slow march play.
A comrade’s fallen by the way,
And now we say goodbye.

This hero to the very end
Was more than just a casual friend,
Who would a stranger’s life defend,
And now we say goodbye

But we shall cherish, all our days,
The character this life portrayed
With sacrifice so freely made,
And now we say goodbye.

The hand salute, o’er Stars and Stripes,
And distant skirl of highland pipes,
Give last farewell with hero’s rights,
And now we say goodbye.

While here on Earth, you gave your best.
Now in the Master’s arms you rest.
T’is by your memory we are blessed.
And now we say goodbye.

Howard Garrison Yates
@ July 2006
Sue Anne Hart, Palm Bay, Fl on May 16, 2021 at 5:39 AM said:

My sweet friend, you will be missed so much. She was a beautiful part of this world and a great loss. May you rest in peace. Love you forever..
Sue Elizondo on May 14, 2021 at 4:23 PM said:

As a sister in law she loved like no other. She always reached out to check in on the family. Everyone who knew her was better for it. She is smiling down on us like a warm sunny day. I will always remember her smile.
Gwyn Wilson on May 14, 2021 at 11:38 AM said:

No matter how many miles and years that were between us, each time I would see her, we would have so much to catch up on. Jackie will surely be missed by all those that knew and loved her. My deepest sympathy to C.J., Brandi, Joseph, Johnny and all her family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn the loss of such an amazing person. May the Lord Bless you and keep you in this difficult time.
Danny Stasi on May 14, 2021 at 10:48 AM said:

Jackie was amazing!! Being around her = happiness! I proudly served on the Board of the American legion with her. RIP Jackie. My very deepest condolences to her entire family.

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