Sally B. Jansen

Sally Bernadette Jansen, age 81, of Dubuque, IA, completed her earthly journey suddenly on February 22, 2023, at home in the loving arms of her husband. To honor Sally’s life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 27, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., at Cathedral of St. Raphael, 231 Bluff Street, with Father Dennis Quint officiating.  Family and friends of Sally’s may gather in fellowship for one hour prior to the service at the church. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Sally’s family.

Sally was born on May 12, 1941, in Pahala, Hawaii, the youngest of eight children to Ramon and Dorthea (Pagador) Yuson. As a young adult, she met the love of her life, Kenneth F. “Ken” Jansen, who was in the Navy and stationed in Hawaii. The two were wed in 1960 and enjoyed 62 years of marriage. Although they spent most of their life together in Iowa, Sally found ways to honor her Hawaiian heritage, including hula dancing shows at Dubuque’s Kennedy Mall. Sally retired from Wahlert Catholic High School in 2004 after a 34-year career.

Sally was a loving and generous person. Her granddaughters remember that if they complimented a scarf or a jacket, she would often offer it to them immediately. She was a fashionista who loved to shop, especially with her granddaughters.

She is loved and deeply missed by her family, including her loving husband, Kenneth F. “Ken” Jansen, Dubuque, IA; her living siblings, Lolina Poncy, CA; Pat Walander, HI; and Paul Horalon, HI; her daughter, Christy Pincket, Charlotte, N.C.; her daughter-in-law, Sherri Jansen, Matthews, N.C.; her three adored grandchildren, Kaitlin “Katie” Dixon (Alex Dixon), Efland, N.C.; Nicole “Nicki” (Alan Beauvais) Jansen, Wilmington, N.C.; and Kelsey Copeland (Chris Copeland), Port Orange, FL; along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.

Sally joins in Heaven her son, Brian Jansen.

Sally’s family would like to thank the Dubuque Police and Fire Department for their professional and compassionate care.

Online condolences may be shared with Sally’s family at


Cathedral of St. Raphael
231 Bluff Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
February 27th, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Mass of Christian Burial

Cathedral of St. Raphael
231 Bluff Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
February 27th, 2023 at 10:30 AM

7 comments on “Sally B. Jansen
  1. Christy Pincket says:

    I miss you, Mom. I’m trying my best to take care of Dad and guess you were incorrect in wanting us to live an airplane ride away. I will look after him as much as I can!

  2. Margie Krawczuk says:

    Deepest sympathy to Ken and all the Jansen family on the loss of a most beautiful woman who I had the honor of knowing from Wahlert HS and as a neighbor. RIP Sally.

  3. Julie Tigges Ritchie says:

    Ken & family … So, sooooo very sorry to hear about Sally’s unexpected passing. Being your next door neighbor was a pleasure. Living between you & the Baldwin’s … Rob and I could not have picked better neighbors!!

    Ken, thoughts and prayers are kind, but we hope that family, friends and your beautiful memories together help you through this sad and difficult time.

  4. Sandy Clark says:

    So very sorry I could not join you today to celebrate Sally’s life. My memories of her are of a mother who loved her children and husband, and supported their dreams and aspirations. Sally had a quick smile and warm welcoming heart. I was blessed to know her. Sending prayers and deepest sympathy to your family.

  5. Jim "Elrod" Meder says:

    Many years enjoying Ken’s companionship on the short block line. My condolences to Ken and all.

  6. Garrett V Ridgley Jr MD says:

    Greatly saddened to learn of Sally’s passing. I only knew her professionally for a few years before I retired. It was always a pleasure to see her and Ken. My condolences to Ken and the family.

  7. Gary Brimeyer says:

    Ken and Christy,

    A family should never have to endure the heartache and sorrow that you had to these past months. Deeply saddened when I received the news of Sally! She was such a wonderful lady with an endless heart.

    The obituary write up was so fitting of my memories of Sally. Boy . . .did she love to shop! Sally stood for so many good things, the impact she made on so many people, whether it was in her devoted work at WHS, the community, or her loving family; she will indeed be missed. I feel so fortunate to have known such a special lady!

    Prayers and thoughts go out to you, Ken and Christy, as you celebrate the life of a truly remarkable loving wife and mother. May you cherish all of the wonderful memories and use that as strength each and every day going forward. May God bless!

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