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Obituary: Jensen, Dana (Shindler)

Tue., Jan. 14, 2014

Age 50

JENSEN, Dana (Shindler) The beloved wife, daughter, sister, colleague and friend was suddenly taken to heaven on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Her beautiful smile, infectious laugh, amazing wit, easy going manner, generous spirit and kind heart will forever be remembered by all who knew her.

Dana was born April 7, 1963 in Seattle, Washington, to Richard and Judith Shindler, and in 1965 moved to her great-grandparents’ homestead just outside of Rosalia, Washington.

Dana enjoyed growing up on her family’s wheat farm and graduated with honors from Rosalia High School in 1981.

While in high school, Dana was the first female ASB President and a member of the National Honor Society.

Dana went on to earn her degree in International Business from Eastern Washington University.

She worked her way through college as a waitress and a bookkeeping assistant.

Dana then started her career as a Federal Investigator in Washington, D.C., and Richland, Washington.

She then took a technical writing and marketing position at Cadwell Laboratories.

It was there she first met and worked with her good friend and mentor, Jim Noland.

While at Cadwell, Dana met Dave, and he became the “luckiest man in the world” when she accepted his marriage proposal.

They were married in 1991 and worked together at Cadwell for several years.

They had many wonderful memories and adventures together.

They complimented each other in numerous ways with an endless devotion to one another.

After many productive years at Cadwell, she took a Business Development position at Lockheed Martin and rose quickly to become Director of Creative and Strategic Services, Information Systems and Global Solutions.

Dana loved and admired all of her Lockheed Martin colleagues, many of which became close personal friends.

Dana was an accomplished writer and producer and won several awards and recognitions.

Dana was especially proud of her two Emmy awards.

She was instrumental in starting and continuing to promote “IT Day” in both the Tri-Cities and Jackson, Mississippi.

Dana traveled frequently with her job, mostly to the DC area, but also to France, the United Kingdom, Australia and Iceland.

Dana was very generous with her time as she volunteered many hours with the March of Dimes and Junior Achievement.

Dana’s playful and fun loving side led her to personal travels to locations such as Cabo, the Oregon Coast, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Grand Cayman and elsewhere.

She delighted in seeing live musical performances, casino fun and all forms of social media.

At home, she created a warm and welcoming environment that was seen through her love of birds, flowers and all things pretty.

All family gatherings and opportunities to spend time together and enjoy each other were close to her heart.

Dana was especially proud of her nieces and nephews and enjoyed following their various accomplishments.

She spoiled them whenever possible.

Dana is survived by her loving husband, Dave, also Dave’s parents Jan and Soren Jensen, Dave’s sisters, Julie (James) Hunsaker, Kristen (Kevin) Axelson.

She is also survived by her father, Richard Shindler, her sisters Debbi Repp (Randy), Sabrina Jones, and Kari Zabala; nieces and nephews Stephanie and Eric Zabala, Evan and Emily Jones, Jacob and Jordan Axelson, Daniel and Benjamin Hunsaker.

She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Judy Shindler, and nephews, Joshua and Jeremy Peters.

Graveside services for close friends and family will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, followed at 1:00 pm by a Memorial Service with reception at South Hills Church, 3700 West 27th Ave., Kennewick.

Donations can be made in Dana’s name to the Tri-Cities chapter of Junior Achievement or the March of Dimes.

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