Dolores Wassenberg, 92, of Marysville, KS, passed away November 2, 2023, at Cambridge Place in Marysville.
Visitation was Tuesday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary.
A rosary service was held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at St. Gregory's Catholic Church in Marysville.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 8, at St. Gregory's Catholic Church. Father Quentin Schmitz officiated. The musicians were Rosemary Forst, Paula Landoll-Smith, Tyler & Camelle Wassenberg. Music included "Be Not Afraid", "Blest Be The Lord", "You are Mine", "The Lord is My Shepherd", "Amazing Grace", "Ave Maria", "Song of Farewell" and "On Eagles Wings."
Gift bearers were Melissa Wassenberg, Shanel Garnett, Shayla Ricci, Makayla Wassenberg, Sadie Lepper, Morgan Wassenberg, Madison Wassenberg and Ryanne ODonnell.
Readers were Morgan Wassenberg, Patrick Smith and Danielle Sinn. Servers were Zephry Landoll and Aidyn Meier. The Eucharistic Ministers were Phyllis Allerheiligen and Janeen Landoll.
The pallbearers were Tyler Wassenberg, Connor Lepper, Dylan Lepper, Timothy McCloud, Christopher McCloud, and Jayden McCloud.
The honorary pallbearers were Darren Smith, Brad Hollern, Marty Hollern, Frank Meier, Mark Meier, Rich Landoll, Don Landoll, Kevin Smith, Dean Usher and Frank Wassenberg.
Burial was in St. Gregory's Catholic Cemetery.
Dolores was born on March 31, 1931, in Jewell County, Kansas, daughter of Charles & Rose (Brezina) Hollern. She graduated from Esbon High School in 1948. Dolores continued her education at Kansas Wesleyan in Salina, and attended summer school at Marymount, Emporia Teacher’s College, & Fairbury Community College in Fairbury, Nebraska over the next few years.
On August 10th, 1960, she was united in marriage to Gerald Wassenberg at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Esbon, KS. To this union eight children were born.
Dolores spent her first 12 years of teaching in Jewell County at country schools and in Esbon. After she married, she was one of the 1st lay teachers at St. Gregory's where she taught before staying home to raise her family. Over the years as her children were growing up, she substituted at St. Gregory's, along with tutoring numerous children, and babysitting for others. She spent many years volunteering as a den mother, Girl Scout leader and CCD teacher, while supporting her children's activities. She loved spending time with family, baking, cooking, playing cards, sewing, playing the piano, playing bingo, and gardening. Dolores also enjoyed watching Kansas State sports.
She was very devout in her Catholic faith. Attending daily mass and praying the rosary daily were very important to her. She was a member of St. Gregory's Catholic Church and Altar Society, Daughters of Isabella, Legion of Mary, Union Pacific Old Timer's, Bingo Club, and Lucky Mrs. EHU.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald on October 9th, 2019; son, Mark on February 27th, 2020; infant granddaughter, Kiana on February 4th, 2004; two infant sisters, Connie Marie and Lena Louise; and brothers, Lloyd, Chuck, Eldon and Dan Hollern.
She is survived by her children, DaNita Wassenberg, Manhattan, KS, Kent Wassenberg, Home, KS, Dixie (Steve) Lepper, McCook, NE, Kurt (Jerre') Wassenberg, Abilene, KS, DaVina Wassenberg, Omaha, NE, Myles (Melanie) Wassenberg, DeSoto, KS, and DeAnna (Tim) McCloud, Manhattan, KS; thirteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, LaNeta Smith, Beloit, KS; sister-in-law, Donna Hollern, Columbus, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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