Theodora Wesselmann, Oct. 4, 1916 — Feb. 22, 2014, of Columbia

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 1:06 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Theodora Wesselmann, 97, of Columbia passed away on February 22, 2014. She was born on October 4, 1916 to Hubert and Mary Otto Maasen in Osage County, Linn, MO. She married Albert Wesselmann on June 14, 1941.

Mrs. Wesselmann was preceded in death by her husband and four sisters and five brothers.

Mrs. Wesselmann is survived by five children, Albert of Duluth, GA, John of Columbia, Gerald (Karen) of McKinney, TX, L. Patrick (Kathleen) of Columbia and Judith Egloff of Kansas City, MO. She has twelve grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. She is also survived her sister, Ruth (Don) Roederer and sister-in-laws, Rita Maasen and Jane Maasen.

Mrs. Wesselmann was a member of Sacred Heart Church. She was a past President of the Sacred Heart Ladies Sodality as well as of the Mexico Deanery Council of Catholic Women and the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Legion of Mary, the Columbia Senior Center, and the Older American Club.

As a young teenager, she worked away from home to help support the family during the Depression and she advocated for the high school education of her youngest brothers and sister.

She was a great cook who made wonderful pies and won blue ribbons at the county fair. She loved to garden and to play bridge. When her husband retired, the two of them enjoyed traveling and fishing together. She was well-known for her hospitality and generosity. She was self-sacrificing, hard-working and full of vitality.

There will be a visitation at Memorial Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Columbia on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart Church or the Columbia Senior Center.

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