As the end of the year approaches, Patch recaps the biggest stories of 2012—both in terms of pageviews and impact on the Inver Grove Heights community.
The following article was posted June 20, 2012. Click here to see the story post, as it contains messages of support for the Jensen family.
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The family of U.S. Marine Corps Private Cola Jensen has scheduled a visitation at the Church of St. Patrick on Sunday, June 24, from 4-8 p.m. and June 25 from 10-11 a.m.
Private Jensen's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, at the Church of St. Patrick. Interment at Fort Snelling will follow the service.
Cola was born on November 4, 1992. He passed away on June 13, 2012. He is survived by father, Kevin; brother Dmitriy; uncles, Kirby (Georgia) & Kim (Cecilia).
Original story (June 14, 2012): United States Marine Corps Private Cola Jensen, of South St. Paul, has died from complications of an illness while serving at Camp Pendleton (Calif.), according to longtime Jensen family friend Diane Baum.
Details of Jensen's Marine Corps service and untimely death are still unclear.
Cola Jensen graduated from Simley High School in 2011, where he was a member of the wrestling and cross county teams.
Cola's father, Kevin Jensen, is a teacher at Simley and coach of the middle school wrestling and track teams.
Funeral arrangements for Cola are still pending, Baum told Patch.