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Emma Kassa

Emma Ruth Kassa, age 100, of Willmar and formerly of Spicer, died Friday, August 19 at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 26, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice, Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church or the Bethesda Chapel fund. www.petersonbrothers.com

Emma Ruth Kassa was born on September 28, 1915, near Thief River Falls, in Pennington County, Minnesota, to John and Anna (Lind) Swanson on the farm that was homesteaded by her parents. She was baptized and confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Goodridge, Minnesota, as the 7th of 10 children. She grew up in Goodridge and graduated from Goodridge High School in 1934. Emma worked at the Post Office in Goodridge where she met Albert Kassa. They were united in marriage on April 10, 1940, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Thief River Falls. They farmed in Pennington County until 1951, when they moved to Myrtle Creek, Oregon. They returned to Goodridge in 1954, where Emma managed the Hartz grocery store for 25 years. In 1982, they moved to Lake Florida near Spicer and managed the Kelly Egg Farm. They subsequently moved to the Lake Plaza condominiums in downtown Spicer and enjoyed 10 years of retirement on Green Lake. After Albert's death in 2004, Emma moved to Bethesda Sunrise Village in Willmar and then into Bethesda Pleasant View in 2011.

Emma was a member of Sanders Township Homemakers, Ladies Aid of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Goodridge and the Catholic church in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. She has been a faithful member of Our Lady of the Lakes and St. Mary's Catholic Church for the past 34 years.

Emma was a prolific reader all her life and continued that love of reading by listening to books on tape after losing her eyesight from Macular Degeneration. She was also a seamstress of clothing and quilts, but her biggest enjoyment was embroidery of dishtowels, making many sets as gifts to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Ruthanne (and Dennis) Neeser of Venice, Florida, Bruce (and Arlene) of Clinton Corners, New York, and Timothy (and Paulette) of Bemidji. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Joan (and Jerry) Schnetzer, Jeff Neeser, Gregory (and Kelley) Neeser, Beth Kassa, Jennifer (and Brian) Coons, Tony (and Shelly) Kassa, and Adam Kassa; thirteen great grandchildren, Eric and Meghan Schnetzer, Alex, Nick and Mathew Neeser, Sam and Anna Neeser, Andrew and Maribeth Coons, Arlene Marchant, and Ashley, Nathan and Justin Kassa. Also surviving is one brother, John Swanson of Minneapolis; besides several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert in 2004; a son-in-law, James Wilson; five sisters, Alice, Laura, Ethel, Mabel and Margie; three brothers, Robert, Eugene and Ernest and four nieces and nephews.


Visitation

AUG 25. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

Rosary

AUG 25. 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

Visitation

AUG 26. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Church of Our Lady of the Lakes

6680 153rd Ave NE

Spicer, MN, US, 56288

http://www.OurLivingWater.org

Mass of Christian Burial

AUG 26. 11:00 AM

Church of Our Lady of the Lakes

6680 153rd Ave NE

Spicer, MN, US, 56288

http://www.OurLivingWater.org


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Emma's beautiful, twinkling golden smile....warms my heart to this day when I think of it....and the twinkle always reached her eyes....thanks, Emma. Rest with the Lord, Bonnie Njaa

Bonnie Njaa - August 22, 2016 at 03:06 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Ruth Ann, Dennis and family...Your Mom/Grandma was so blessed to have a wonderful family who loved her. I know you will miss her and still feel her presence in days to come. She is now with her family in heaven as well as her friends including my Mom whom if I remember right was her teacher in country school.I remember how sweet she was to us girls when we would have sleepovers... always welcoming us to her home, feeding us abundantly and putting up with our silliness.hugs and blessings... Shirley MukharRuth Anne...after I sent your card (with this same tribute) I realized you wouldn't get it until you returned to Florida...

Shirley Mukhar - August 22, 2016 at 05:10 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear RuthAnn, Dennis and family,I am so very honored to have known my Miss Emma, she or we put a lot of smiles on each others faces and had many laughs. She is and was a beautiful, strong woman that it will miss dearly. May she be dancing, laughing and loving all in peace, you will always have a beautiful guardian angle watching over all of you. May she be the best most beautiful "wino" of the stars in heaven.My Prayers to all of you, Pam

Pam - August 23, 2016 at 12:46 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dear Emma has always had a special place in the hearts of the entire Mutnansky family! Always so gracious, gentle, calm, caring... Many of my best, unforgettable childhood memories are going to the Hartz store in Goodridge and being greeted by this kind soul... one in a million smile! Eternal rest grant unto Emma, O Lord, let perpetual light shine upon her... may she rest in the peace in the arms of Jesus for all Eternity! AMEN!!! Darn it!... you will be so missed on this earth Emma! Please Lord, grant all of Emma's loved ones peace & serenity... the peace & serenity that can only come from our Father in Heaven!!! :(Mary (Mutnansky) HerriedBemidji, MN

Mary Herried - August 23, 2016 at 01:07 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Having known the "grocery lady" for the last 60 years, I will miss her smile and graciousness. God bless her memory. Melba Lundeen

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