Obituary for Melba Jean Hensel

Written by on November 25, 2019

Melba Jean Hensel, age 89, left her earthly home on Friday, November 22. She was born August 27, 1930 to the late Paul and Naomi Roszman. On March 30, 1952, Melba Jean married her high school sweetheart and classmate, Clarence Hensel. She worked side by side with her husband, first on the farm and then in founding and growing Hensel Ready Mix. She is survived by four children: Teresa (Dan) Harris of Upper Sandusky, Jeryl (Scott) Kissling of Kenton, Bonita (Doug) Cochran of Beavercreek, and Rodney (Linda) Hensel of Kenton. Also surviving are grandchildren: Emily (Tony) Besser, Amanda (Curt) Byers, Erin (Heath) Luikart, Andy (Kasey) Kissling, Dane Kissling, Alex (Sara) Kissling, Eric (Sharon) Cochran, Adam (Sarah) Cochran, Ben (Mindy) Hensel, Allison (Justin) Hollon, and Britton Hensel; and eighteen great grandchildren. A brother, Sam (Glena) Roszman, lives in Upper Sandusky. Melba Jean attended Marseilles School where she cheered her basketball team, including her husband, to success. She was a life member of Marseilles United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She volunteered at the Hardin Memorial Hospital and served as a Wyandot County polling worker. She loved to sew and is known fondly by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for having made each either a Raggedy Ann or Andy. She was also an avid gardener of vegetables and flowers and often entered her harvest in the Hardin County Fair. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 29 at the Kenton High School Athletic Fieldhouse at 200 Harding Ave in Kenton from 4:00-8:00. Masonic and O.E.S. services will be held prior to visitation at 3:30. Funeral services are to be at the Marseilles United Methodist Church in Marseilles on Saturday at 10:00 with Pastor Doug Pummel officiating. Internment will be at McKendree Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Marseilles U.M. Church, Hardin County Community Foundation, and the Veterans Memorial Golf Course. Arrangements have been entrusted to Schindewolf-Stout-Crates Funeral Home, Kenton. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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