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Lenis Sinsel - February 26, 2012


Lenis Mary (Drewes) Sinsel, 78, of Burley, Idaho, went to be with our Lord on Feb. 26, 2012, joining her husband, Clark, who passed six days earlier.
Lenis was born, Jan. 28, 1934, the fifth of five children to Frances and Herman Drewes, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
From the beginning she was gentleness and radiance; signature traits that stayed with her for the rest of her life. To know Lenis was to know your best friend.
Responsibility came early when Lenis’ father died shortly after her ninth birthday; she was tasked with meal preparation for a family of six. Lenis became an excellent cook. Also musically gifted, Lenis played the piano so well that requests for her talents came from both church and community.
Church activities were a dominant part of Lenis’ life; music, choir, teaching Sunday school. She met the love of her life and husband of 56 years, Clark Eugene, while actively involved in St. John’s Lutheran Church; she, the church organist, Clark, the President of the Walther League youth group. They were married October 22, 1955. Cynthia Marie was born 5 years later and Tara Lee 2 years after.
While Clark served our country in the military, Lenis served her community as a telephone operator. Mastering the technology of the 1950s post-war era telephone switchboards, once, patching through an overseas call between high ranking dignitaries. No easy feat.
Lenis was the perfect example of what it is to be the loyal and loving energy that makes for a successful family. Her ever supportive nature and love allowed our Dad to flourish in his business and to be his best self. Lenis enjoyed her role as business helpmate in Clark’s Refrigeration and Appliance Service, being a part of the community and providing needed services.
Lenis was most proud of the longevity of her marriage, her tremendous love of family, making a mean pot of ham and bean soup just the perfect way Dad liked, being asked to fill in as church organist at Zion Lutheran if need arose, and helping out at Weight Watchers. Never one to need the spotlight, Lenis chose to selflessly stand behind others; encouraging their lights to shine and illuminating them with her love if their light ever dimmed. A gift few possess and an inspiration to all who loved her.
Lenis is survived by daughters Cynthia and Tara, Tara’s husband James; grandsons, Tyson and Tyler, Tyler’s wife, Karen; older sisters, Edna Lucille and Hazel Ruby; and older brother, Richard Herman; sister and brothers-in-law, Lois Beck, Arden and Marlys Sinsel, Loretta Sinsel and Alice Sinsel.
She is preceded in death by husband, Clark Eugene; mother, Frances Patience; father, Herman Henry William; infant brother, Martin Alfred and stepfather Albert Alfred Miller; in laws, John and Martha (Kaufeldt) Sinsel; brothers-in-law, John Thomas, Carl and Ward Sinsel.
The family will hold a private graveside ceremony at Pleasant View Cemetery for both Lenis and Clark. They were born five days apart and died six days apart; now Clark can once again be with his “Jellybean”. What our Lord binds no one can tear. The legacy that Lenis leaves will live in us and ripple to others as long as we aspire to her tenets of always doing what is right and honorable, spicing your cooking with love, taking in a stray, being the strength behind the throne and only seeing the beauty in life. We are blessed to have known and loved this wonderful wife, mother/grandmother, sister, and friend.
Services are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home and Crematory in Rupert.