Hilde Helga Jensen, 77, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Elizabeth House following an extended illness. Born in Affinghausen, Germany, she was a daughter of the late Eduard and Olga Hammerling.
Hilde emigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island in the mid 1950ís at the young age of 17, and settled in St Joseph, Michigan. She later brought her family over to start a new life with her after they had survived the war in her homeland and fled the country. Hilde loved the mountains, settling in Hendersonville almost 30 years ago with the love of her life, Vern Jensen. They spent a great deal of time outdoors where they enjoyed hiking and bird watching, as well as traveling across the country to see all of its great beauty.
Among her many talents and gifts, she was an expert tailor and crafter, having owned her own business for many years. She would often sell her beautiful creations at local craft shows in the Hendersonville and Asheville area. Her greatest joy in life was being a grandmother to her eight grandchildren and her niece Megan. She enjoyed spending time with them and seeing them perform in sports as well as musical events during her and Vernís many visits to Texas and Florida.
During her courageous battle with cancer these last two years she was always optimistic and a joy to spend time with. The family would like to thank all of her doctors and nurses that she became so fond of, as they made the last months of her life so peaceful.
She is survived by her loving husband Vern Jensen of Hendersonville, NC; daughter, Karen Schewe and her husband Tim Leite of Houston, TX, Ivy Rives and her husband Robert of Houston, TX, and Susan Morello and her husband Martin of Round Rock, TX; brothers, Erwin Hammerling and his wife Marie of Longwood, FL, and Walter Hammerling of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Dominic Morello, Kaeli Rives, Nicholas Morello, Alexis Leite, Kendall Rives, Dylan Morello, Braden Leite, and Kara Rives; nephew, Jeff Hammerling; nieces, Patti Lamarche, and Megan Hammerling.
The family is not planning any services at this time