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Joseph Raymond (Ray) Hensler

May 1, 1924 ~ July 11, 2022 (age 98)

Obituary

Beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away on July 11, 2022 at age 98 surrounded by his family. He was born in Homestead, PA, on May 1, 1924, to the late Josephine and Joseph Hensler.

In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by Joan Moore Hensler, his loving wife of 62 years, and his brothers Jack and Gene Hensler. He is survived by his daughters and their families: Barb (Becky Minor) Gradala, Anne (Jeff) Staten, Kate (Adam Paal) Hensler; grandchildren: Matthew, Maggie, Joseph, Peter, and Elizabeth; sisters-in-law Margaret Hensler and Barbara Moore, RSM; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Ray completed his Bachelor’s and PhD in Ceramics (Glass Technology) at Penn State University and retired from a 40-year career with Bausch and Lomb where he contributed to research, leadership, and manufacturing for the company. After retirement, he continued to influence his field in consulting and adjunct teaching roles.

Ray’s other engagements included participation and leadership in his Catholic parish. He and Joan collaborated extensively with clergy and laity to facilitate the teachings of Vatican II. 

Ray was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid runner and swimmer throughout his life. He loved opera, jazz, and appreciated his children and grandchildren’s achievements in music, the arts, athletics, and academics. He and Joan enjoyed traveling extensively with friends and gathering for meals and celebrations in their home.
He will be remembered for his generosity, intellect, humor, and concern for others. 

Friends may call Friday, July 15, 4-7 PM, at the funeral home (495 N. Winton Rd.). A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 16, 10 AM, at St. Mary's Church, 15 St. Mary's Place, 14607. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catholic Family Center's Refugee Program, 87 N. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604; or the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104. 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
July 15, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crawford Funeral Home
495 N. Winton Road
Rochester, NY 14610

Funeral Mass
Saturday
July 16, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Mary s Church
15 St. Mary's Place
Rochester, NY 14607

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