A visitation for Ruth A. Hensel, 88, of La Grange will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 8th, 2020 in the Fayette Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with a prayer service to follow. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9th 2020 at the gazebo at La Grange City Cemetery.
Ruth, known as “Tiny” by friends and relatives, was born January 25th, 1932, in La Grange, Texas to Louis Albrecht and Nancy Morris Albrecht. On July 16th, 1949, she married Herbert L. Hensel and the two settled down in La Grange. Ruth remained a lifelong resident of her hometown and enriched it with her presence.
A pillar of her life was her faith and Ruth was a very active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange. Not only was she a Sunday school teacher, but she also sang in the church choir, joined by her husband and eventually all three of her children as well. Ruth enjoyed the monthly Afternoon Circle meetings, cherishing the time with her church family. Always giving of her time, Ruth’s volunteer activities through St. Paul Lutheran Church included monthly quilt tacking, helping with nursing home ministries, and joining the local Stephen Ministry team. She also joined with other Christian women in a weekly Bible study which she was thrilled to attend again in person a mere day before her passing. Every Friday night home La Grange Leopard football game, Ruth could be heard cheering for her team from the same stadium seat she occupied since 1967. She also enjoyed playing dominoes with friends and attending Swiss Alp Dance Club dances, even after the passing of her beloved Herb.
Ruth is survived by her three children: Sam Hensel and his wife Deborah of Granger, Texas; Charles Hensel and his wife Heidi of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Nancy Hajek and her husband Bobby of La Grange. Her grandchildren include: David & Brooke Hensel (and great grandbaby due in December), Brian Hensel, Sara Hajek, Renee & Aaron Campbell, Anna Hajek, and step-granddaughter Missy & husband Frankie Freeze of Splendora. Additionally, Ruth is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Numerous step-great grandchildren and two step-great-great grandchildren also survive.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Hensel, her sisters Virginia Jones and Ruby Mae Jaycox, and her daughter-in-law Kim Howes.
In lieu of regular remembrances, the family requests memorials to be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange or the Moran Eye Center Kimberly A. Howes Fellowship at the University of Utah in memory of Ruth Hensel (John A. Moran Eye Center, Attention: Tawnja Martin, 65 Mario CapecchiDrive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84132).