Harold E. Yensen

May 28, 1932January 7, 2021
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Born on May 28, 1932 died on January 7, 2021 at the age of 88 of a sudden heart attack. Harold is survived by his loving wife Jean (nee Goebel) of almost 65 years. Harold was the proud father to Steve (Lori) Yensen and grandfather to Ashley (Vinnie), Krystina (Jimmy) and Scott; Dave (Connie) Yensen, grandfather to Nicole (Grigas), Andrew (Elma); Karen (Gord) Shomphe, grandfather to Gillian (Phil) and Zach. He was a wonderful great-grandfather to Shaila, Kiara, Ajay, Ember, Chara, Selene and Sawyer. Harold was predeceased by his parents Daniel and Ethel, sisters Edna Brewster, Erna Doud, Dorothy Bender, Audrey Diemert and brothers Allan, Gerald (Jerry) and Lloyd. Harold is also fondly remembered by his many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Harold was a long-time employee of J.M. Schneiders and member of Faith Lutheran Church. He was an avid fisherman, loved his time at the various cottages he and Jean owned over the years. He loved helping his children over the years doing renovations and working on cars. He was a treasure to all who knew him. For those who wish, donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church or the Heart and Stroke Foundation through the Westmount Funeral Home by calling 519-743-8900. Due to the current restrictions a private family service will be taking place on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends may join in the livestream of Harold’s service through YouTube, Faith Lutheran Church, Kitchener. Our family gives a huge thank you to all Emergency Services and St. Mary’s General Hospital Staff who were so caring.


  • Private Family Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


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Susan (Bowlby) Entz

January 16, 2021

Dave, Connie and family

Sending you a virtual hug and letting you know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Take care; stay healthy; stay safe.

Karen Shomphe

January 15, 2021

There are no words to adequately convey how heartbroken we are but also how profoundly thankful we are. Dad was was an absolutely amazing man. He finished the basement in their new condo in his 80's, electrical and all with inspection and no errors were found, impressive to say the least! I am heartbroken that we lost you so suddenly, without warning but forever grateful that you did not suffer and did not end up institionalized (you would have hated that). I hate that COVID is a thing, restricting our mourning process but grateful we were allowed to say goodbye to you as our little family of four. I am grateful I had almost 57 years with you but angry with myself that I can't remember our last hug (STUPID COVID). I'm thankful when I got my job at the hospital and told you they offered me to join the pension plan and I said "no thank you", you promptly told me to get back and sign that paper and due to your wisdom I was able to have this last year in retirement helping you and mom. I have my love of walking in the bush in the fall for the walks you took me on in the forest near our house to collect pretty fall leaves and you taught me what kind of tree they belonged to. I have the uncontrollable urge to explore new houses being built because of the adventures we shared watching your new houses you and mom built together over the years. Ultimately you are my forever hero and I already miss you terribly but I will draw my strength from you and from our faith in God. Rest in peace my beautiful Dad.

Pamela Goebel

January 13, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean, Steve, Dave, Karen and their families. Harold was always willing to help. I remember Rick, Gerry, Harold, and I were unloading some bricks off Harold’s truck because Gerry was putting them in his front yard. Gerry and Rick could not keep up with Harold. I was helping Harold, but he was doing 95% of the work. Harold was not a big man, but he was very strong. Harold was also so kind. He made a point of welcoming me into the Goebel family when I first started dating Rick. I admired Harold's courage, kindness, family focus, and loving nature. We will miss him.

Debbie Stranz

January 12, 2021

Aunt Jean Steve, David, Karen
Dave and I would like to give our condolences to you and your families. I remember Uncle Harold with happy memories of all our family dinners at Grandma and Grandpa's.
Thinking of you all
Debbie Stranz and Dave

John Vandonk

January 11, 2021

Our condolences on your loss Jean & family, we will be thinking of you during this time.

Love, Patricia Carter & John Vandonk

Judie Bowlby

January 11, 2021

Dear Dave and family: thinking of you and your family as you travel thru this sad journey. I met him once, I believe and he was a very lively and handsome man. You have been so fortunate to have had such a long time with him.
With hugs and love, from Judie Bowlby and family.

David Yensen

January 10, 2021

We are heartbroken to have lost this kind and gentle soul.

Dad had many gifts and accomplishments in his life. He was a hands on type of person who tackled many building and mechanical projects with impressive results. He enjoyed the outdoors family and friends.

Dad was special in his personality. I don't have adequate words to describe him. One few, as the saying goes, who did not have a mean bone in their body. He was accepting and non judgmental, a role model to aspire to.

He will be greatly missed and always in our thoughts.

Ivan Winger

January 10, 2021

My condolences to Jean and all the family. We moved to Wren's Arbour in New Hamburg in July of 2014. That is when I first got to know Harold and Jean. Over the last 6 years I had many chats with Harold, especially the last year with Covid I wasn't working and would see Harold always working outside so then Harold would be resting in a chair, I would go over and we would chat about many things. He was such a gracious and kind man, and I was always amazed how much work he was doing around their unit. I am going to miss Harold a lot. I lost a great friend that I got to know by moving to Wren's Arbour from Richmond Hill in 2014. Blessings to all the family and may God provide comfort and peace to all during this time of loss.

Tammy Diemert

January 9, 2021

Aunt Jean, Stephen ,David ,Karen ...Memories I will cherish loved the surprise and unexpected visits from uncle Harold and aunt Jean left lasting impressions making my day brighter seeing this loving couple. Condolences may Uncle Harold rest in peace and may eternal light shine upon him.
Tammy Diemert

Dianne Bramble

January 8, 2021

I have many memories of Uncle Harold. I will always remember his laugh and sense of humor. He was one of the kindest souls I have ever known and I will miss him.