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Patti Elsen Jensen, 46

Patti Elsen Jensen, age 46, of Grand Forks, ND, formerly of Loretto, went home to the Lord Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

Her husband of four “spirit-filled” years shared her last conversation from the home they created together when Patti relocated to Grand Forks in 2006.

Patti was born July 23, 1963. Her 46 short years on earth were filled with wonderment for the time she shared with all. She was the spirit that filled a room, the laughter in empty spaces, and the smile that will forever be etched in memories.

Patti was best known for her “random acts of kindness” (or maybe “directed” acts of kindness) to all those she loved and surrounded herself with. Her life was filled with traveling, love, Christ, friends, family, quilting, dogs, reading, learning, shopping, decorating, theater, music, planning, crafts, and exploring.

Patti had an uncanny ability to look beyond her needs and share her many God-given gifts. She never lost her “childlike” zest, and often visited the “happiest place on Earth” – Disneyworld!

Patti’s journey took her from Loretto, where she was born, to Morris, where she earned her communications degrees and met many life-long friends.

Her professional life was largely in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, where she worked over two decades for a temporary staffing company. She loved her work and because of her versatility, was able to wear many hats over her tenure. She undoubtedly was instrumental in the company growing from a basement operation to having nationwide recognition.

She later worked as a consultant in the world of software training and was often recognized by her colleagues as “one of the best.”

Although Patti had lots more to give to the world and was taken too soon, she will provide those who loved her with much needed advice from her “heavenly bed” in paradise.

A kind, compassionate, and gentle soul, Patti was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Elsen.

Patti is survived by her beloved husband, Dale; daughter Kiersten; mother Eileen Elsen; and siblings Jeannie (John) Bagshaw, Judy (Mark) Fussell, Renee Elsen and Paul Tackes, Sharon (Tony) Raskob, Yvonne (Tim) Litfin, John (Jody) Elsen, Larry (Lori) Elsen, Susan (Dave) Woll, and Mike Elsen.

She is further survived by her aunt, Sr. Honora Elsen SSND; many loving nieces and nephews; parents-in-law Jerry and Nancy Jensen; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn (Dan) Kvigne, and Leslie (Karl) Kissinger.

Services and a Mass of Christian Burial took place at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Loretto Tuesday, April 6.