Gretchen Hattie Bertha Jensen

Feb. 22, 1917 – May 9, 2012

Gretchen Hattie Bertha Jensen of Waukesha passed away peacefully at her son’s home while surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the age of 95. Gretchen was born in Ixonia on Feb. 22, 1917, the daughter of Edward and Marie Serafina (nee Dolles) Schmidt.

She married Roland G. Jensen on May 20, 1937. Gretchen worked at McCoy’s and the old Waukesha Walgreens, where she ran the cosmetics department for more than 20 years. She taught knitting at the Schuetze Building and she won many first-place prizes for her knitting and sewing at the Wisconsin State Fair. Gretchen was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha for more than 74 years. She had a passion for traveling, cooking and canning. Gretchen will always be remembered for her incredible character. More than anything, she loved to spend time with her family.

Gretchen will be dearly missed by her children, Sally Tolbert of New Berlin and David (Patricia) Jensen of Wauwatosa; her daughter-in-law, Carole Jensen of Waukesha; her grandchildren, Brian Tolbert, Jill Jensen, Craig Jensen and Jack Jensen Jr.; her great-grandchildren, Ali Gill, Katya Tolbert, Pieter Tolbert, Lauren Jensen, Nicholas Jensen, Aidan Jensen and Derek Jensen; her sister, Tillie Orgas (who is 101 years old) of Waukesha; and many other family and friends.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Roland; her son, Jack Jensen; and her granddaughter, Brenda Tolbert.

Services for Gretchen were held Monday, May 14, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha, followed by entombment at Prairie Home Cemetery.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.