Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Michael J. Lensing Co-Owner michael@lensingfuneral.com

Born in Independence, Iowa and raised in Cedar Rapids, Michael Lensing was a graduate of Kennedy High School (1970) and received  his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa (1974). While attending the University of Iowa he resided at The Donohue Mortuary in downtown Iowa City. That experience impacted his life and what he chose as his profession.

 

Vicki (Mott) Lensing and Michael purchased The Donohue Mortuary in 1978. They changed the firm name to Donohue-Lensing Mortuary. In 1984 they relocated the funeral home to a new facility at 605 Kirkwood Avenue.  The name was later changed to Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service. In 1992 they built the first funeral home in Coralville, Lensing Oak Hill on Holiday Road.

 

Professionally, Michael and the business are members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Funeral Directors Association, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), and the Professional Pet Loss Alliance. Michael is certified with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

 

Michael believes in the importance of giving back to his community and the organizations that are close to his heart.

 

His memberships include 100 Plus Men That Care Hawkeye Chapter, The University of Iowa President’s Club, the Great Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Patrick’s Church , Knights of Columbus and Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter.

 

Michael serves on the board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association, the Iowa City Public Library Foundation and the Hospice Home of Johnson County (The Bird House). Past board involvement includes: Iowa City Hospice, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Shelter House Endowment Committee, Systems Unlimited and Riverside Theatre. He enjoys fundraising for such groups as the Iowa City Library, Hospice Home, Shelter House and the Crisis Center.

 

Time spent with his family, especially his children Amanda, Alex and Nick (Lauren) bring great joy, as does time spent with friends and his “best friend” Elphi, his four-legged companion. 

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Vicki Lensing Co-Owner Vicki@lensingfuneral.com

Vicki Lensing is a lifelong Iowa City resident, graduating from West High School and the University of Iowa. As co-owner of Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, she has been involved in the funeral service for over 30 years.

Vicki has helped to develop grief-related programs with local schools, Iowa City Hospice, various churches, hospitals, and healthcare groups. She has facilitated support groups for and presented to AIDS survivors, junior high students, and adults, in addition to having written many articles about grief and loss for local and national periodicals. At Lensing's, Vicki developed an aftercare program, which includes programs for the bereaved, support groups, educational programs, and a lending library of books on grief and loss.

An active member of the greater Iowa City community, Vicki currently serves on the board of Elder Services, the Reading Recovery Council of Iowa, and the DMACC Mortuary Science Advisory Council and Community Corrections Improvement Association. In 2000, she was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives and currently serves on the Judiciary, Environmental Protection, and State Government Committees, in addition to serving as Co-chair of the Joint Oversight Committee.

She has had the pleasure to be president of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Districtwide Parents Organization, president of the Johnson County Area Women's Network, and co-founder of the United Way Women's Leadership Circle. She formerly served on the board of the Johnson County Community Foundation and is a graduate of the Chamber Community Leadership Program.

In 2009, Vicki was named Corridor Business Journal Woman of Influence and received the Friend of the Family Farmer Award from the Iowa Farmers Union. She was the recipient of Iowa City West High Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992 and the Governor's Volunteer Award in Education in 1998.

Vicki has three children with her former husband, Michael Lensing: Amanda, of Iowa City; Alex, of Iowa City; and Nick of Denver, Colorado. She is married to Rich Templeton.

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Michael O'Brien Funeral Director mjob@lensingfuneral.com

A lifelong resident of Iowa City, Mike graduated from Regina High School in Iowa City and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He lived and worked in a family-owned funeral home while attending school in Chicago.

Mike also attended the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. Before a career change in 1987, he worked for many years with Hy-Vee Food Stores at the Rochester & First Avenue location in Iowa City. 

 

Mike volunteered as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 14 years. During that time, he was able to serve numerous community organizations and worked alongside the North Liberty Police Department as the Public Safety Director for the 2008 RAGBRAI overnight stop in North Liberty. Mike also helped with the Iowa City Road Races "Run For The Schools" for many years as their Traffic and Safety Director.

 

Mike co-chaired the Iowa City chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of SE Iowa in its early years and was also on both the board of directors and board of officers for the Iowa City Moose Lodge. He and his wife Katherine enjoy living in Coralville and taking in all that the area has to offer. They also enjoy traveling to Galena as an enjoyable getaway. 

 

Mike has been fortunate to perform as a keyboard player and drummer in the Iowa City area since the 70's at both public and private venues. 

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Tony Porter Funeral Director tony@lensingfuneral.com

Tony has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1995, joining Lensing's in 2006. He graduated from The University of Iowa in 1992 with a BA in Psychology and later a BMS from The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Following mortuary school, Tony worked for a funeral home in Wichita, KS for nearly six years, before he and his wife, Stacy, returned to Iowa in 2000.

Tony and Stacy have one daughter, Paige. In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, traveling, and is an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Minnesota Vikings fan.

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Deborah Logan Funeral Director deborah@lensingfuneral.com

Deborah has been a Funeral Director since 2010, joining Lensing’s in June of 2014. Originally from Davenport, IA, Deborah graduated from The University of Minnesota in 2009 with a BS in Mortuary Science. After working for a funeral home in Springfield, IL for 3 years, Deborah and her husband, Tony, moved back to Iowa to be closer to their families. In 2015, she earned her Cremation Certification from the National Funeral Director's Association (NFDA).   

Deborah enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts, watching movies and anything to do with outdoors.

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Alex Lensing Funeral Director and Faithful Companions Manager alex@lensingfuneral.com

Alex Lensing, son of Michael and Vicki Lensing, is an Iowa City native.  He is a 2001 graduate of Iowa City High School and has since obtained an Associate's Degree through Kirkwood Community College.  Alex attended Des Moines Area Community College to attain his degree in Mortuary Sciences and fulfilled his internship requirements in 2016 at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Alex has worked for Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service since he was 13-years-old assisting in many aspects of the family business.  In the fall of 2008, Alex began managing and consoling families at Faithful Companions Pet Cremation Service in Coralville, Iowa.

 

In 2011, Alex was certified as a crematory operator through the International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and has been certified as a Pet Loss Professional through the Pet Loss Professionals Association (PLPA).  Also in 2011, Alex had the opportunity to join the Community Leadership Program through the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce.

 

When not working, Alex cares for his Boston Terrier, Bruno and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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Amanda Hatfield Funeral Director Intern amanda@lensingfuneral.com

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Ken Holmes Pre-Planning Consultant ken@lensingfuneral.com

Ken has been with Lensing's since 1993. He came to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa, graduating with a BS from the Physician Assistant Program, and an MA in Education. He worked at Mercy Hospital as a Nursing Assistant and then at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he was a Physician Assistant. He was also the Program Director of Nuclear Medicine Technology before becoming a Certified Preplanning Consultant.

He and his wife, Lynn, a preschool teacher, have three young children at home–Emma, Natalie and Adam–as well as two grown children, Sarah and Ben. Ken enjoys anything chocolate, intensive vegetable gardening, discovering old and new music, reading about all kinds of interesting things, and watching Hawkeye basketball and Star Trek.

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Susan Spilger Business Manager susan@lensingfuneral.com

A lifelong resident of Iowa City, Susan graduated from City High School and earned her BA from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association, and is an ambassador for the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. She has two children, Scott Spilger, of Madison, WI and Amy Jensen, of Davenport, IA. Susan is responsible for Lensing's human resources, accounting, and assists with general management duties. Prior to joining Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in 2008, Susan was the Human Resources Director at the Iowa City Press-Citizen for eleven years.

Susan loves spending time with her family, especially her grandson Owen, listening to music and going on long walks with her dog Gracie.

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Sarah Fletcher Graphics Coordinator and Kirkwood Room Manager sarah@lensingfuneral.com

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Pat Wells Community Relations

Pat Wells is a retired Iowa City banker who has found another way to help people in the community via working with families to assist with visitations, funerals, and aftercare.  Along with her husband, Skip, she enjoys traveling and cheering on the Hawkeyes. In addition to reading and golf, Pat is active in various community organizations, including Johnson County Area Women Network (JCAWN), the National I Club, and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Karrie Craig Support Staff

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Richard Kirschling Support Staff

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Louise Kruse Support Staff

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Sandy Reed Support Staff

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Len Shaw Support Staff

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Melody Strub Support Staff

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Pam Gantz Support Staff

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Elphi Lensing Grief Support

Elphi is a rescue dog that was from a puppy mill in Southern Iowa. In 2011, Michael Lensing’s Yorkie, Rupert, passed away. After a couple months, a friend brought Elphie to the funeral home to see if Michael could foster her for awhile.

"Awhile" turned into weeks, then months, and now, Elphi is a permanent fixture at the Kirkwood Avenue funeral home. Michael adopted Elphi and she comes to work with him every day.

Elphi has a calming effect on the families that we serve, as well as our staff. She truly is a member of our family.

Michael J. Lensing

Co-Owner
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Born in Independence, Iowa and raised in Cedar Rapids, Michael Lensing was a graduate of Kennedy High School (1970) and received  his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa (1974). While attending the University of Iowa he resided at The Donohue Mortuary in downtown Iowa City. That experience impacted his life and what he chose as his profession.

 

Vicki (Mott) Lensing and Michael purchased The Donohue Mortuary in 1978. They changed the firm name to Donohue-Lensing Mortuary. In 1984 they relocated the funeral home to a new facility at 605 Kirkwood Avenue.  The name was later changed to Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service. In 1992 they built the first funeral home in Coralville, Lensing Oak Hill on Holiday Road.

 

Professionally, Michael and the business are members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Funeral Directors Association, Iowa Funeral Directors Association, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), and the Professional Pet Loss Alliance. Michael is certified with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

 

Michael believes in the importance of giving back to his community and the organizations that are close to his heart.

 

His memberships include 100 Plus Men That Care Hawkeye Chapter, The University of Iowa President’s Club, the Great Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Patrick’s Church , Knights of Columbus and Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter.

 

Michael serves on the board of directors of the Visiting Nurses Association, the Iowa City Public Library Foundation and the Hospice Home of Johnson County (The Bird House). Past board involvement includes: Iowa City Hospice, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Shelter House Endowment Committee, Systems Unlimited and Riverside Theatre. He enjoys fundraising for such groups as the Iowa City Library, Hospice Home, Shelter House and the Crisis Center.

 

Time spent with his family, especially his children Amanda, Alex and Nick (Lauren) bring great joy, as does time spent with friends and his “best friend” Elphi, his four-legged companion. 

Vicki Lensing

Co-Owner
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Vicki Lensing is a lifelong Iowa City resident, graduating from West High School and the University of Iowa. As co-owner of Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, she has been involved in the funeral service for over 30 years.

Vicki has helped to develop grief-related programs with local schools, Iowa City Hospice, various churches, hospitals, and healthcare groups. She has facilitated support groups for and presented to AIDS survivors, junior high students, and adults, in addition to having written many articles about grief and loss for local and national periodicals. At Lensing's, Vicki developed an aftercare program, which includes programs for the bereaved, support groups, educational programs, and a lending library of books on grief and loss.

An active member of the greater Iowa City community, Vicki currently serves on the board of Elder Services, the Reading Recovery Council of Iowa, and the DMACC Mortuary Science Advisory Council and Community Corrections Improvement Association. In 2000, she was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives and currently serves on the Judiciary, Environmental Protection, and State Government Committees, in addition to serving as Co-chair of the Joint Oversight Committee.

She has had the pleasure to be president of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Districtwide Parents Organization, president of the Johnson County Area Women's Network, and co-founder of the United Way Women's Leadership Circle. She formerly served on the board of the Johnson County Community Foundation and is a graduate of the Chamber Community Leadership Program.

In 2009, Vicki was named Corridor Business Journal Woman of Influence and received the Friend of the Family Farmer Award from the Iowa Farmers Union. She was the recipient of Iowa City West High Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992 and the Governor's Volunteer Award in Education in 1998.

Vicki has three children with her former husband, Michael Lensing: Amanda, of Iowa City; Alex, of Iowa City; and Nick of Denver, Colorado. She is married to Rich Templeton.

Michael O'Brien

Funeral Director
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A lifelong resident of Iowa City, Mike graduated from Regina High School in Iowa City and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. He lived and worked in a family-owned funeral home while attending school in Chicago.

Mike also attended the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. Before a career change in 1987, he worked for many years with Hy-Vee Food Stores at the Rochester & First Avenue location in Iowa City. 

 

Mike volunteered as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 14 years. During that time, he was able to serve numerous community organizations and worked alongside the North Liberty Police Department as the Public Safety Director for the 2008 RAGBRAI overnight stop in North Liberty. Mike also helped with the Iowa City Road Races "Run For The Schools" for many years as their Traffic and Safety Director.

 

Mike co-chaired the Iowa City chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of SE Iowa in its early years and was also on both the board of directors and board of officers for the Iowa City Moose Lodge. He and his wife Katherine enjoy living in Coralville and taking in all that the area has to offer. They also enjoy traveling to Galena as an enjoyable getaway. 

 

Mike has been fortunate to perform as a keyboard player and drummer in the Iowa City area since the 70's at both public and private venues. 

Tony Porter

Funeral Director
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Tony has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1995, joining Lensing's in 2006. He graduated from The University of Iowa in 1992 with a BA in Psychology and later a BMS from The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Following mortuary school, Tony worked for a funeral home in Wichita, KS for nearly six years, before he and his wife, Stacy, returned to Iowa in 2000.

Tony and Stacy have one daughter, Paige. In his free time, Tony enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, traveling, and is an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Minnesota Vikings fan.

Deborah Logan

Funeral Director
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Deborah has been a Funeral Director since 2010, joining Lensing’s in June of 2014. Originally from Davenport, IA, Deborah graduated from The University of Minnesota in 2009 with a BS in Mortuary Science. After working for a funeral home in Springfield, IL for 3 years, Deborah and her husband, Tony, moved back to Iowa to be closer to their families. In 2015, she earned her Cremation Certification from the National Funeral Director's Association (NFDA).   

Deborah enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts, watching movies and anything to do with outdoors.

Alex Lensing

Funeral Director and Faithful Companions Manager
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Alex Lensing, son of Michael and Vicki Lensing, is an Iowa City native.  He is a 2001 graduate of Iowa City High School and has since obtained an Associate's Degree through Kirkwood Community College.  Alex attended Des Moines Area Community College to attain his degree in Mortuary Sciences and fulfilled his internship requirements in 2016 at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Alex has worked for Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service since he was 13-years-old assisting in many aspects of the family business.  In the fall of 2008, Alex began managing and consoling families at Faithful Companions Pet Cremation Service in Coralville, Iowa.

 

In 2011, Alex was certified as a crematory operator through the International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association (ICCFA) and has been certified as a Pet Loss Professional through the Pet Loss Professionals Association (PLPA).  Also in 2011, Alex had the opportunity to join the Community Leadership Program through the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce.

 

When not working, Alex cares for his Boston Terrier, Bruno and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Amanda Hatfield

Funeral Director Intern
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Ken Holmes

Pre-Planning Consultant
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Ken has been with Lensing's since 1993. He came to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa, graduating with a BS from the Physician Assistant Program, and an MA in Education. He worked at Mercy Hospital as a Nursing Assistant and then at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where he was a Physician Assistant. He was also the Program Director of Nuclear Medicine Technology before becoming a Certified Preplanning Consultant.

He and his wife, Lynn, a preschool teacher, have three young children at home–Emma, Natalie and Adam–as well as two grown children, Sarah and Ben. Ken enjoys anything chocolate, intensive vegetable gardening, discovering old and new music, reading about all kinds of interesting things, and watching Hawkeye basketball and Star Trek.

Susan Spilger

Business Manager
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A lifelong resident of Iowa City, Susan graduated from City High School and earned her BA from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the Eastern Iowa Human Resources Association, and is an ambassador for the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. She has two children, Scott Spilger, of Madison, WI and Amy Jensen, of Davenport, IA. Susan is responsible for Lensing's human resources, accounting, and assists with general management duties. Prior to joining Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in 2008, Susan was the Human Resources Director at the Iowa City Press-Citizen for eleven years.

Susan loves spending time with her family, especially her grandson Owen, listening to music and going on long walks with her dog Gracie.

Sarah Fletcher

Graphics Coordinator and Kirkwood Room Manager
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Pat Wells

Community Relations
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Pat Wells is a retired Iowa City banker who has found another way to help people in the community via working with families to assist with visitations, funerals, and aftercare.  Along with her husband, Skip, she enjoys traveling and cheering on the Hawkeyes. In addition to reading and golf, Pat is active in various community organizations, including Johnson County Area Women Network (JCAWN), the National I Club, and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Karrie Craig

Support Staff
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Richard Kirschling

Support Staff
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Louise Kruse

Support Staff
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Sandy Reed

Support Staff
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Len Shaw

Support Staff
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Melody Strub

Support Staff
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Pam Gantz

Support Staff
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Elphi Lensing

Grief Support
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Elphi is a rescue dog that was from a puppy mill in Southern Iowa. In 2011, Michael Lensing’s Yorkie, Rupert, passed away. After a couple months, a friend brought Elphie to the funeral home to see if Michael could foster her for awhile.

"Awhile" turned into weeks, then months, and now, Elphi is a permanent fixture at the Kirkwood Avenue funeral home. Michael adopted Elphi and she comes to work with him every day.

Elphi has a calming effect on the families that we serve, as well as our staff. She truly is a member of our family.