Betty Mae Hensel, 54 of Winona died Sunday, May 6, 2018 at her home.
Betty was born January 6, 1964 in Rochester to Earl and Carol (Daniels) Hensel. She graduated from Winona Senior High in 1982 and attended Winona State University and MN College-SE Tech. Betty worked for many local businesses throughout her life, most recently at Knitcraft, which she loved dearly.
Betty enjoyed traveling and going on adventures; reading, arts and crafts, biking, hiking, attending local events and concerts and going to family reunions. Betty was noted for remembering details of events and dates; her ability to establish long-term relationships with an amazing number of people throughout the Winona community; and for her humor. She entertained many friends and co-workers with her funny stories. Betty was a faithful life time member of Grace Presbyterian Church.
Betty is survived by her sister, Rosemarie "Susie" Doucette; special friend, Art Niemi who was her companion for many of her adventures; many beloved extended family and close friends, and her two deeply cherished cats, Cuddles and Wiggles who are now looking for a new forever home. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, William Doucette.
Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Grace Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Rachel Riggle officiating. Visitation will be 10 a.m., until the time of the service. Hoff Celebration of Life Center-Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to Grace Presbyterian Church or The Winona Humane Society.
Please share a memory of Betty and sign her online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com.
I attended grade school with Betty. One of many first classmates I can remember having. She lived on my paper route with her parents. Although I lost touch with Betty as we grew up, my memories of her are of her good nature and her willingness to be kind to others always. The world suffers when it loses kind people. We are all at a loss with Betty's passing. Peace be with you, Betty. You are missed.
Worked with Betty many years ago and remained a friend since then. I have a lot of good memories of Betty but it was her humor, smilie, and a knowing what a caring individual that she was that I will remember the most.
Betty was my great aunt on my moms side. We never talked much. But, we always joked around, I will miss her dearly. She will survive and be remembered by family members and dear friends. Fly with the angels, we all love you RIP
A genuine, honest, loving spirit is who I remember Betty as. I enjoyed getting to know her in high school and just remember she just always had a sparkle to her quiet demeanor once you got to know her . My condolences to her family and friends.
Betty is my aunt. Even though we didnt talk much, we talked quite a bit over the last couple months. We had some great laughs & i will miss that the most. Betty your laugh was contagious. I will miss your voice on the other end of the phone. We had made plans for this summer & I'm going to miss finalizing those. Its not fair you were taken from us to early. I hope youre dancing with the angels. Its not gonna be the same with you there & us here. I love you more than you knew.
All my love
Theresa (Marc) Bowser
Family of Betty~
May you cherish the memories....we were blessed to have her in the Class of 1982...
Betty was my cousin on my dads side, I never got to see her much but did attend vo-tech with her. You will be missed RIP my dear cousin.
Jeanette and Janice
My dear Betty...Sooo many memories over so many years! You never gave up on your classes wanting to excel. I'm so glad to be part of your educational goals and the friends after your college graduation. You NEVER missed classes...but when you did for 3 days, we all were worried! You had gone to Green Bay by way of Iowa! Your sense of humor brightened many of my days! I will miss have lunch together on your birthdays. We never worried having you "watch our house" when we vacationed. Fly.....Fly....Fly with the Angels, my beloved Betty. I will miss you.
So sorry to the family for the loss. I graduated with Betty in "82. We had a few classes together including orchestra. Fly high Betty
I worked with Betty and will miss her smiling face. To her family so sorry for your loss.
Prayers and strength to Betty and her entire family and friends. Our classmate of 82 is gone but will never be forgotten. RIP our friend. Steve and Kathy (Drazkowski)Buswell
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