Marcella M. Vass, 98

Marcella M. Vass, nee Frings, 98, of West Bend died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Health Care Center of Cedar Community.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1914, in Hartford to the late William and Matilda (nee Weber) Frings. As a young child, the family moved to Theresa, then to Rib Lake. In 1924, the family settled in Barton.

On Aug. 17, 1933, she was united in marriage to Kenneth A. Vass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Fredonia. Ken predeceased Oct.16, 1989.

For more than 40 years, she worked as an election clerk in Ward 7. Her service was recognized by the city of West Bend and by former Gov.Tommy Thompson. She also was a school census taker in the Barton School District.

She was a member of the Christian Women’s Confraternity at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Barton Homemakers Club, and the Washington County and Barton Historical Societies.

Survivors include six children Kenneth (Rosalie) of Batavia, Ill., Robert (Mary Jane) of West Bend, Ruth Wunsch of West Bend, Patricia (William) Ward of Pennsauken, N.J., Elaine (Jim) Shutes of West Bend and Janice (Donald) Kaehny of Mayville; 20 grandchildren Kealie (Jim) Walsh, Ross (Jill), Kenlyn (Doug) Schuldt, Jason (Kelly), Mary Beth (Robert) Alexander, Debra (Michael) Cahoon, Tracy (Jon) Biever, Terry (Julie) Moll, Gary (Mary) Moll, Tom Moll, Lynnette (Howard) Kaufman, Cindy (Randy) Radermacher, Randy Moll, Christopher Ward, Sarah Ward, Jennifer (Jeremy) Means, Robert (Amber) Shutes, Eric Shutes, Lisa (Brian) Vorwerk, Jeffrey (Deanne Walz) Kaehny; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother Paul (Carol) Frings of West Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, Marcella was preceded in death by one brother Walter (Marie) Frings, four sisters Marie, Florence (Alton) Harter, Rose and Beatrice and one sister-in-law Lola (Alfred) Homuth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. John Radetski presiding (please meet at church). Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery (new). The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. There will be a prayer vigil at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Masses or memorials to St. Mary’s School appreciated.

Marcella’s family would like to extend a thank you to her friends at Meadowbrook Manor and Cedar Bay West. Also to the staff at Cedar Community, including the student nurses from Moraine Park Technical College and to Dr. Mian for their support and care.

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