John A. Jensen, 99, of Wethersfield, beloved husband of the late Alice (Lund) Jensen, passed away peacefully at Middlesex Hospital on Monday (October 7, 2013). John was born on July 8, 1914 in Hartford, the son of the late John P. and Marie (Christensen) Jensen. He was one of ten children. John graduated from Bulkeley High School, Class of 1934 and lived in Newington and Wethersfield all of his life. He apprenticed at Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool in West Hartford and later worked as a machinist and supervisor for Fenn Manufacturing. In 1946 he and his father founded The Jensen Machine Company in Newington. Today the company still continues to focus on providing the quality manufacturing and excellent customer service that John worked to establish. John was the longest living member of the Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church, serving as Church Chairman, and was a founding member of the Newington Rotary Club. In addition, John loved to play golf and was a member of the Wethersfield Country Club for 58 years. He played in 22 GHO Pro-Ams and was fortunate to play with a number of famous professional golfers, including Sam Snead. As a former member of the Royal Dornoch Golf Club in Scotland, John and his son Jack traveled extensively in Scotland to play golf with many friends. An avid outdoorsman, John loved to hunt and fish and spent many summers with his family vacationing in Maine. He also loved "splitting" wood and could never pass up an opportunity to gather fallen trees for his extensive wood pile on the lot next to his home. John will dearly be missed by his three children; a son, John A. (Jack) Jensen, Jr. and his wife Audrey; two daughters, Louise Oxenhorn and Lynn Nappi and her husband Mark, all of Wethersfield. He leaves three grandchildren whom he loved and was very proud of: Reverend Matthew Jensen and his wife Suzanne of Kodiak, AK, Mark Jensen of Pittsburgh, PA and Luke Jensen and his wife Mary Kay of Wethersfield; five great grandchildren, Justin, David, Emily, Alison and Anders; a brother, Milton of New Hampshire and two sisters, Sally Yacovone of Florida and Elna Dimock of Bolton, as well as many nieces and nephews. John also leaves his wonderful, compassionate and loving caregiver Edward, who has been with the family for six years. His sisters, Ruth Pratt, Mabel Dunphy, Mary Twible and his brothers, Howard, Amos and Herbert predeceased him.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church (see address below). Everyone is asked to go directly to the church. Burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford will be private. Friends and family are invited to gather on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church Memorial Fund, 511 Maple Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 or the Hospice & Palliative Care Unit at Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent Street, Middletown, CT 06457. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit

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Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 9, 2013