Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – Susan L. Jensen died from a sudden illness, complicated by the discovery of Lymphoma, on April 25, 2011 in Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida.
She was born June 5th to H. Herman and Martha (Cummins) Jensen in Warsaw, Indiana. On June 5, 2002, she married Salvatore Merillo, who survives.
She graduated from Warsaw Community High School in 1962 and enrolled at St. Mary's College that fall. Being independent minded and ahead of her time, she struck out on her own after a year at St. Mary's. She continued living in South Bend, Indiana, where she worked in Human Resources for the Travelers Insurance Company for over 20 years. While simultaneously working full time and raising her son, she earned her Bachelors Degree in Human Resource from Indiana University South Bend in 1987.
Moving to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1988, she earned her Masters Degree in Human Resource Development at Webster University, while putting her son through the University of Notre Dame. During her time in the Jacksonville area, she worked as a Human Resource Consultant for AT&T, CSX and finally with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, from which she retired in 2004. She spent her retirement with her family, reading and taking care of her god son and great niece. She was most proud of being “Nana” to her four grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Andrew (and spouse Anna) Czajkowski, Cheverly, Maryland; four grandchildren, Aaron, Eleanor, Sofia and Adeline. Also survivng are two brothers, Alan (and spouse Ellen) Jensen, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Ronald (and spouse Penny) Jensen, Naperville, Illinois; four sisters, Carla Jensen, Jacksonville, Florida, Chris (and spouse Derry) Dillon, Warsaw, Sara (and spouse Steve) Good, Tampa, Florida and Anne Jensen, Knoxville, Tennessee. She kept in contact with her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her Parents.
A memorial service will be held June 4, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Her lifelong love and pursuit of education will be her lasting gift to her family as memorials may be made to the Notre Dame School of Architecture – Brian Crumlish Scholarship. This is a scholarship established by her son's Architecture Class of 1997.