Obituary - Maria Louise Bakko Jensen, 84
She was the most glamorous being we had ever seen when she stepped out of the Grumman Goose at the floatplane dock, married to our uncle Erling. Her perfect hair, elegant clothes and gracious manner defined a style that lasted all her life. Louise Bakko Jensen was born July 14, 1928 to Edwin and Sara Bakko in Ithaca, N.Y. She received her elementary education in a one room school in the country, and graduated from Ithaca High School in l947, meeting Cornell University graduate student Erling Jensen a few years later. Married in 1951, they followed his jobs in pharmaceutical research around the eastern seaboard for thirty years, then took to the road in an RV and finally settled on summers in Petersburg and winters in Palm Springs.
Louise often exchanged her high heels for rubber boots and made herself at home in the outdoors. The Jensens were avid canoers, even down the Stikine in their mature years. Louise loved travel, and was ready to tour anyplace from Mitkof Island to Moscow. She pursued her passion for birdwatching around the world. She was a gourmet cook, a dedicated cat lover and could sing harmony like an Andrews Sister. Her rendition of the Alma Mater of Cornell University was memorable.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erling Jensen; parents and sister Eunice Atwell. She is survived by her brother, Ed Bakko, of Cortland, niece Sue Paulsen and nephews Erik Bakko, Chris Jensen, John Jensen, Mark Jensen, Tom Jensen and their families. A gathering in her memory will be planned in Petersburg.