Josephine Margret Jensen was born near Union, Montana to Albert Jensen and Mildred Rusch August 17, 1934. The Rusch family moved and lived near Chicago for several years. While Josephine was still a child, the Rusch family moved to the Delmont area where she attended grade school and high school. Josephine furthered her education while attending college in Springfield, obtaining a teaching degree. While teaching during the day, Josephine went to night school and earned a master’s degree in education.
Josephine was united in marriage to Alfred Buchholz December 24, 1953. Josephine and Alfred enjoyed 42 years of marriage, until his death in 1999. They were the proud parents of one son, Loren Buchholz.
She enjoyed teaching very much and also enjoyed farming in the Avon area.
Josephine married Leonard Novak July 10, 2002 in Rapid City. Josephine and Leonard made their home in Rapid City during their 15 years of marriage. When Leonard passed away, Josephine moved back to Tripp, S.D.
Josephine passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at St. Benedict Hospital in Parkston at the age of 85.
Josephine is survived by her son Loren and wife Marlene; two grandsons, Matthew Buchholz and Angie Miiller, Jason and Ashlie Buchholz; three great granddaughters, Jordan, Dylan and Alexa; two great grandsons Gavin and Brody; five stepchildren Kathleen (Jim) Hornstra, Arleen (Mark) Willoughby, John and (Maureen) Novak, Gerald and Kristie (Krier); Tom and Helen (Massey); five siblings, David Jensen and wife Avis, Robert and his wife Carol (deceased), Leona and husband Bob Dunne (deceased), Alvin and Marsha Forest.
She also has 11 step grandchildren, 17 step great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
We thank God for the blessing of being part of her life.
5/28/2020 Marcia Schultz Chillicothe , IL
Sending my love and hugs to Loren, Marlene and family. I so enjoyed seeing Jo when I came back to SD. She was so much fun to talk to. Her smile was the best and I am so sorry for your loss. So many good memories of my parents visiting with Loren’s parents!
5/28/2020 Joe & Jan Schlimgen Mitchell, South Dakota
Sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories of your time together help you at this difficult time.
5/27/2020 Barbara Cromwell Rapid City , SD
We have missed Jo and Leonard at the farmers market. Theirs was the favorite booth for my kids who loved the dum dum suckers and wonderful sausages. Wishing peace to their family.
5/25/2020 Becc Coyle Yankton, South Dakota
Such a lovely lady. We were neighbors on the farm when I grew up, she was a teacher same as my mom, Marjorie Berndt, so we had lots of fun times listening to them visit. Condolences to the family.
5/25/2020 Dale Casteel Vale, SD
My condolences to Jo’s family. We miss her at the Black Hills Farmers Market. Dale
5/23/2020 Kathy Buchholz Sioux Falls, SD
Blessings to all of you at this sad time. I am comforted knowing that Josie is no longer in pain and at peace. She lives on in our memories of her.