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. He enjoy down time


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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 in 1990. He lived and worked in a family owned funeral home in Morton Grove, Illinois while attending mortuary school.

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


Mike volunteered with the Iowa City Road Races Run For The Schools for many years as the Traffic and Safety Director. He volunteered as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 14 years. During this time Mike was able to serve numerous community organizations and most recently, was the Public Safety Director for the 2008 RAGRAI overnight stop in North Liberty. He continues to help with traffic control for each years Run For The Schools race.

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 currently volunteer at the North Liberty Food Pantry. Mike has enjoyed performing as a keyboard player and drummer in the Iowa City area for the last 38 years.

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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 2014. Originally from Davenport, IA, Deborah graduated from The University of Minnesota in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science 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.

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

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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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Alex Lensing Manager

The son of Michael and Vicki Lensing, Alex has worked for Lensing Funeral Home since he was thirteen-years old. A 2001 graduate of Iowa City High School, Alex received a degree from Kirkwood Community College in 2010 and plans to study mortuary science. Currently Alex manages Faithful Companions. He enjoys watching movies and walking his dog, Bruno.

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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 funeral home. Michael adopted Elphi and she now comes to work with him everday.

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

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Michael J. Lensing

Co-Owner


 


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. He enjoy down time


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Vicki Lensing

Co-Owner

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

A lifelong resident of Iowa City, Mike graduated from Regina High School in Iowa City and Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago in 1990. He lived and worked in a family owned funeral home in Morton Grove, Illinois while attending mortuary school.

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


Mike volunteered with the Iowa City Road Races Run For The Schools for many years as the Traffic and Safety Director. He volunteered as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for 14 years. During this time Mike was able to serve numerous community organizations and most recently, was the Public Safety Director for the 2008 RAGRAI overnight stop in North Liberty. He continues to help with traffic control for each years Run For The Schools race.

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 currently volunteer at the North Liberty Food Pantry. Mike has enjoyed performing as a keyboard player and drummer in the Iowa City area for the last 38 years.

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Tony Porter

Funeral Director

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 has been a funeral director since 2010, joining Lensing’s in June 2014. Originally from Davenport, IA, Deborah graduated from The University of Minnesota in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science 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.

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

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Ken Holmes

Pre-Planning Consultant

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

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
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Alex Lensing

Manager

The son of Michael and Vicki Lensing, Alex has worked for Lensing Funeral Home since he was thirteen-years old. A 2001 graduate of Iowa City High School, Alex received a degree from Kirkwood Community College in 2010 and plans to study mortuary science. Currently Alex manages Faithful Companions. He enjoys watching movies and walking his dog, Bruno.

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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

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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 funeral home. Michael adopted Elphi and she now comes to work with him everday.

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