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Emma Ruth Kassa

September 28, 1915 ~ August 19, 2016 (age 100)
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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