William H. Jensen, 90, east-side hardware store owner

September 24, 2005

William H. Jensen, former owner of an East Baltimore hardware store who was later a paint salesman, died of complications from a heart attack Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 90.

Born in Norfolk, Va., he moved to Baltimore's South Linwood Avenue as a child and left Polytechnic Institute in his senior year to help support his family by working as a machinist at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant.

In 1955, he opened a hardware store at Harford Avenue and Preston Street, and from 1966 until retiring in 1982 worked as a salesman for Budeke's Paints in Fells Point.

A Mason, he was a member and past master of Adherence Lodge No. 88. He was also a member of Boumi Temple.

As a young man, Mr. Jensen competed in Patterson Park tennis tournaments and in later years won three Maryland Senior Olympics medals in tennis.

Mr. Jensen resided in Ednor Gardens for many years. For the past 20 years, he lived in the Evergreen section of North Baltimore. He recently moved to a Rodgers Forge apartment.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Ann Elizabeth Trabert; three sons, Timothy Jensen of Galena, William Jensen of Rodgers Forge and Christopher Jensen of Baltimore; three daughters, Diane Glover of Reisterstown, Barbara Piper of Rodgers Forge and Mary Shea of Braselton, Ga.; two brothers, Wilbur C. Jensen of Towson and Sigurd L. Jensen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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