Carmelita L. Sensel, nee Nevois, 95, of Prairie du Rocher, IL, died September 11, 2023, in Waterloo, IL. She was born October 6, 1927, in E. St. Louis, IL.
Carmelita passed away on Monday, September 11th surrounded by love.
She is survived by her children Sheryl Henslee, Pat (Morris) Brandt, Bill (Karen) Sensel, and David (Karen) Sensel; grandchildren Kevin (Kristyn) Henslee, Brian (Anneliesa) Henslee, Adam (Jill) Henslee, Matthew (Gretchen) Brandt, Kate (Brett) Mueller, Aaron Sensel, Allyn (Heather) Sensel, Julie (Ray) Henerfauth, Bethany (Blake) Wolff, Darin (Jessie) Sensel, Dawn (Luke) Durbin, and Emily (Kyle Koester) Sensel; 24 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Diane Nevois; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Carmelita is preceded in death by her husband Wilbert C. Sensel; parents Clarence and Irene (nee Stoeckel) Nevois; son-in-law Harry Henslee; brother Lylburn Nevois, father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Elizabeth Sensel.
She was a member of St. John UCC in Maeystown, IL.
On September 20, 1947 she married Wilbert and their life journey of 55 years began. They provided a wonderful home on a farm near Renault, where their love of Polled Herefords was evident to all who passed by. Employment off the farm took her to a job with James Carpenter, Regional Superintendent of Schools, from which she retired.
Her love for church and community was evident in the many ways she served over her lifetime. The Monroe County Fair was often the family vacation where she served as the Fair Board Secretary while her family showed Polled Hereford cattle, the show and sale she attended until her health declined. Kloepper was her card game, Polkas and Waltzes her dances, food and cooking her passion.
Carmelita taught her family the importance of friendship, fun, family and faith. Well done good and faithful servant. You will be missed.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
St. John UCC - Maeystown, IL
12 Noon until time of service Friday, September 15, 2023 at St. John United Church of Christ
2 PM Friday, September 15, 2023 at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, IL
Pastor Patrick Poole officiating
Interment at St. John Cemetery in Fults, IL