Hildreth Mae Gillman Wensel of Knoxville passed onto her next life with loving family at her bedside. Born in Corydon on March 3, 1917, to Elsie Irene Reuter and LeRoy Glenn Gillman; she had celebrated her 99th birthday just six days earlier. On Sept. 1, 1934, she married her childhood sweetheart, Karl Lawrence Wensel, in Memphis, Mo. They were married 67 years and to this union were born three children: Barbara (Ron) Severns of The Villages, Fla., Max (Maxine) Wensel of Knoxville, and Don (Katie) Wensel of Port Charlotte, Fla. Karl and Hildreth lived in Des Moines, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania before moving back to Iowa after WWII - always making lifelong friends. They loved dancing, fishing, reading poetry, and raising honey bees and a huge garden. Before they opened Wensel's Home Supply, Hildreth clerked in several local stores such as J.C. Penney's, the People's Store, Gamble's and Spurgeon's. Hildreth crocheted and knitted afghans for every family member. She quilted and made lap comforters for friends, plus over 100 for nursing home patients. Her exemplary life was devoted to love, warmth, friendship, and service to and for all without regard or limit of health, distance, or financial concerns. Always smiling and cheery she was a cast iron lady of outstanding character, filled with love and life, to be admired and a lasting legacy for us all. Left to honor her memory include her children and spouses; eight grandchildren: Michael, Deborah, David, Mark, Darcy, Jason, Marek, and Chad; 13 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren, and a brother, Dwight (Jill) Gillman of Land o' Lakes, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Karl, her siblings: Marvin and R.G. Gillman and sister Audrey Couchman, and two daughters-in-law, Joyce and Lela Wensel. Per her wishes, cremation was preformed and there will be no public services. Hildreth's cremains will be spread at a later date. Final resting place will be the Corydon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HCI Hospice Care Services, 213 E. Main St., Knoxville.
Published on  March 28, 2016