Brother Gilbert Leroy Hensley, O.P.
Dominican Central Province Website
May 31, 2014
Br. Gilbert Leroy Hensley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 18, 1941, the youngest of three boys, to Charles L. and Lillian E. (Scheefe) Hensley. Both his parents died by the time he was nine years old. He was raised by his foster parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Schmeling. He attended Cass Street School and St. John Cathedral Grade School and High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated from Father Ryan High School on June 2,1960.
Br. Hensley entered the Order as a Cooperator Brother on March 19, 1961 at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in River Forest, Illinois. He was given the religious name Angelus and made his simple profession of vows on March 20, 1962 and solemn profession on March 20, 1968 both at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory.
Most of his religious life, as a brother, was spend working in the priories and parishes of the province. From 1962-1971 he remained at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory doing domestic work in the priory. From 1971-1986 he assisted at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish as sacristan and helped in the grammar school. In 1986 he moved to Madison, Wisconsin and was part of the support staff at Edgewood Elementary School and lived at Blessed Sacrament Priory where he was the house bursar for several years. He remained in Madison until 2005 at which time he relocated to the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. There he helped with many tasks of the motherhouse from helping with the older sisters, to assisting in the maintenance department, to decorating the house for holidays. He was a beloved brother to the sisters and the staff of the motherhouse.
In May 2014 Br. Gilbert had emergency abdominal surgery at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, suffering major post-operative complications with anesthesia, infection and kidney function. After a second surgery he was unable to regain his strength. He continued to decline and died on May 31, 2014 at the hospital. He was 73 years old.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Holy Rosary Chapel, Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. His body was received at the motherhouse at 9:30 a.m. followed by morning prayer and sharing of memories led by Sister Mary Ellen Winston, O.P. Mass of Christian Burial followed at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Louis Morrone, O.P, Socius, presiding and Fr. Jack Risley, O.P., preaching. Fr. Steven Kuhlmann, O.P. presided over the graveside service and burial, which was at Resurrection Cemetery, Dominican Friars Section in Madison, Wisconsin.