Alice E. Crass, 90
E. Crass, 90, of West Bend, died peacefully Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at
her home surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 17, 1920, in Rollingstone, Minn., the second of four
children, to the late Oscar and Matilda (nee Seefeldt) Knoeck. Alice
married Merlin C. Crass on Jan. 2, 1943, at Camp Edwards, Mass.
Alice was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother
and above all a friend to everyone she met. She believed that we all
needed to approach life with love and compassion in our hearts, looking
for the goodness in people, focusing on the positive and always helping
whoever was in need with graciousness and kindness. Her love for Merlin,
her husband, sweetheart and best friend for 66 years serves as a
constant reminder and model of what loving relationships are all about.
Alice was an excellent cook and baker. She loved preparing food for her
family and friends, and was especially known for her delicious homemade
bread, marble birthday cake, Christmas stollen, rhubarb pie, along with
baked beans and German potato salad. When Alice was in the kitchen, the
smell of her cooking would bring family, friends and neighbors to her
table. She was the heart of her home and all were welcome.
Her faith was her strength and guiding light. She was an inspiration to
all who met her. Her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and
Immaculate Heart of Mary sustained her through difficult times and was
the foundation of her family. She would start and end each day with
prayer, coming to God as a child, with openness and trust.
She enjoyed hiking in the Kettle Moraine, gardening, canning, playing
cards, traveling, spending time with her family, and daily prayer.
She will be truly missed.
Survivors include her six loving children; Therese M. (Wayne) Casper of
Adell, Mary A. (Dan) Howard of Highland Ranch, Colo., Christine R.
Kannenberg of Malone, Joanne C. (Michael) Barber of Taos, N.M., Michael
J. (Jane) Crass of Cedarburg and Mark J. (Maria) Crass of Francis Creek.
She is further survived by 21 grandchildren; Jacqueline Den-Hartog,
Aaron Casper, Elizabeth Hogfeldt, Rebecca Casper, Allison Coppock,
Zachary Casper, Nathan Casper, Robert Howard, Ted Howard, Maria Howard,
Katherine Kannenberg, Sarah Kannenberg, Amy Tradewell, David Kannenberg,
Matthew Kannenberg, Alexandra Barber, Emily Crass, Anna Crass, Madeline
Crass, Nicholas Crass, Kayla Crass; seven great-grandchildren; one
sister, Marie Schroeder of St. Louis, Mo.; nieces, nephews and other
relatives and friends.
Alice is preceded in death by her husband, Merlin Crass; son Alan O.
Crass; two brothers, Oscar Knoeck and Jerry Knoeck.
A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011,
at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Father Rick Wendell
Visitation will be Friday, July 8, at Holy Angels Catholic Church from 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. and also Saturday, July 9, from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45
Burial will follow mass at Holy Angels Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Cedar Community Hospice are
The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family.
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