A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point, with the Most Rev. William Patrick Callahan officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be at Shuda Funeral Home in Plover from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass.
Memorials should be given to the St. Stephen Capital Improvement Fund or Hospice Services of Ministry Home Care.
Condolences may be offered online at www.ploverfuneralhome.com.
Deacon Hensen was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Fond du Lac, a son of the late Peter and Helena (Anhalt) Hensen.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942, joining the 103rd Regimental Combat Team of the 43rd Infantry Division. He served during World War II, with service in the Philippines and New Guinea. He earned the Bronze Star. He continued his military career as a second lieutenant until his medical discharge in 1951.
He was married to Betty Jane Keifenheim on Nov. 28, 1946. She preceded him in death.
For five years in the 1950s, he owned and operated Hensen’s Bar in Fond du Lac. He did volunteer work with Civil Defense in the 1960s, which led to a career in emergency government, ultimately as the area director for Wisconsin, taking him from Fond du Lac to Watertown to Stevens Point. He retired in 1985.
Upon retirement, he did volunteer work in several areas of ministry at St. Stephen Catholic Church, culminated in his ordination to the permanent deaconate in December of 1993.
Survivors include four daughters, Patricia “Pattie” (Michael “Mic”) LaDue, Kay (Craig) Marple, Ann “Annie” (Frank) Smyser and Maureen “Bingy” (John) Mason; one sister, Gertrude “Gertie” Vogds; one son-in-law, Frank (Terri) Jarapko; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Jean Jarapko, and 10 siblings.