Bibiana G. Kassens

Bibiana G. Kassens "Bibs" (nee Acker) was born into eternal life on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at the age of 71. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Bibiana at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Basilica of Holy Hill in Hubertus.

Bibiana was born on Dec. 2, 1937 in Milwaukee, the daughter of (the late) Mathias and Gertrude Acker. She married Larry H. Kassens of Thiensville in 1960, and was the daughter-in-law of (the late) Henry and Heartha Kassens. Bibiana was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, who passed away on Nov. 8, 2008.

Bibiana was a lifeguard, medal-winning ice skater, CCD teacher, assistant teacher at Country Christian School in Neosho. She ran a local food pantry, and supported Veterans of America and the Milwaukee Rescue Mission along with many other humanitarian causes. She was active in the PTA and volunteered in various agencies and church groups. She held a weekly prayer meeting and Bible study, and loved studying the scriptures daily. She was an experienced gardener, multi-faceted artist and talented homemaker. She helped her children raise sheep, pheasants, chickens and horses, while providing loving feedback for thousands of school and community projects that her children and grandchildren participated in. She attended clown college and enjoyed "clowning around" for local fundraising events and hospitals.

Bibiana was a gentle and vibrant spirit. A loving, supportive, enthusiastic and outstanding "Mom" who will be greatly missed.

Bibiana was the loving mother to children, Rochelle A., Tim A. (Stacey), Bradley M., Stephen H. (Mary), Larry D., Bibiana H. (Peter) Hopkins and Robert M.; and the grandmother to Patrick, Maria, Nicholas, Emily, Taylor, Samantha and Rachael. She is further survived by her brother, Matthew (Judy); sisters, Phyllis and Audrey; and sisters-in-law, Julie and Helen; along with many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold (Lorraine), Ralph (Peggy), Linus (Gertrude), Jerome and Walter; and her sisters, Bernice (Leonard) and the infant, "Dottie."

Bibiana was devoted to her family and offered selfless service to thousands. She will be missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Holy Hill Organ Fund and/or Larry D. Kassens (executor for the Kassens Memorial fund) will be appreciated.