Maynard Ivan Jensen

Maynard “Pete” Ivan Jensen, Sr., 91, of Duluth, Minn., formerly of Superior, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Grantsburg, May 19, 1928, to Milton and Olive Jensen.

Pete married Beverly Anderson on Oct. 30, 1948 in Superior and they celebrated 35 years of marriage before her passing in 1984. Pete spent the last 36 years with his partner, Shirley Cardinal. They enjoyed 32 winters in Yuma, AZ and also spent many summer days at their place in Oulu.

Pete was a heavy equipment operator for over 50 years until his fulltime retirement in 2010 at the age of 82. He began working for Anderson Fuel and Trucking Company, then McLean, Lakehead and Kimmes Construction Companies. He was a proud member of the Operating Engineers Local #49.

Pete was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting and gardening, and especially loved fishing the St. Croix River with his family in his hometown of Grantsburg. He also enjoyed repairing old cars, especially his 1949 Chevy Pickup.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Beverly, partner Shirley Cardinal, brother Dwight Jensen, sisters Betty Verdick and Dolly Anderson and sister-in-law Lynnea Gran.

Pete is survived by his children, Maynard “Punk” (Wendy) Jensen, Lory (Joe) Pajac, Daryl (Sandy) Jensen and Darla (Doug) Magdzas; Shirley’s children, Katherine (Richard) Fox, Jean (Troy) Buczynski, Joy (John) Taraldsen, Mark (Tracy Hoven) Cardinal and David Cardinal; brothers and sisters, Bea Strachota, Evone Finch, Glen (Rena) Jensen, Kay Harmon Kenyon, Lu (Bernie) Human, Milton “Oscar” Jensen, Bennie (Jeanne) Jensen, Rodney (Linda) Jensen, Annette Edaburn and Arlen (Mary Jane) Jensen; 21 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1924 Wyoming Avenue, Superior, and continued until the 12 p.m. memorial service with Pastor Sean Koos officiating. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Superior.

The Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Avenue, Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guestbook, please visit