Luella Mae Jensen, (“Lu”), 82, Bremen, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at Signature Healthcare in Bremen. She battled kidney disease and congestive heart failure for several years and now, by God’s grace, she has peace. Lu was born Aug. 23, 1938, to the late Rev. Richard and Fern (Landis) Kilian.
She was blessed with six children: Mark (Jenny) Jensen, Donn (Anna) Jensen, Michelle (Bill) Lemke, Derek Jensen, Amy (Todd) Hundt and Kara (Thad) Kovach. Lu was over the moon about her 13 grandchildren: Nathaniel Jensen, Chelsea Jensen, Nicole (Kevin) Barry, Rachel Jensen, Ryan (Tiffany) Lemke, Jeremy (Samantha) Lemke, Adam Lemke, Kayla Lemke, Drew (Lexi) Bennitt, Connor Hundt, Jacob (Jensyn) Bennitt, Alexandra Lohse, and Keely Kovach and had a special place in her heart for her 10 great-grandchildren: Kenley Barry, Ellie Barry, Bailey Lemke, Addison Lemke, Sydney Lemke, Sophia Lemke, Lucas Lemke, Jacob Lemke, Kacen Bennitt and Landon Bennitt.
Lu grew up traveling in ministry with her parents coast-to-coast for evangelical meetings and service in many churches. Together, they played special music with Richard on the guitar, Fern the accordion, and Luella on the piano or organ. Luella’s love of music continued as she played the piano for the school swing choir and the tap and ballet classes for Brenda Mishler and D.J. Koontz, as well as many, many weddings and funerals.
She was employed by Universal Bearings and then Gulfstream Coach until her retirement in 2001. Lu never missed a sporting event if she could help it and loved watching her kids play, biological or not, they were all her kids. She was a master at keeping book for the baseball and softball teams thanks to the many beloved Cubs games her dad took her to.
Lu’s love of crochet created many blankets not only for loved ones but for the babies of various nurses and aides at the nursing home. Her abundant love had no boundaries, and her hugs will never be forgotten.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. James Porile for giving us as many years as we had with her, also to the many nurses, aides and other staff at Signature Healthcare who went above and beyond to make her time there the best it could be. We will never forget you.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will take place.
Burial will follow in the Bremen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to the Bremen High School Music Department, 511 Grant St, Bremen, IN 46506.