Dodie Wesselmann enjoyed baking, gardening

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 6:03 p.m. CST; updated 6:51 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 25, 2014

COLUMBIA — An award-winning baker, Theodora "Dodie" Wesselmann's pies won blue ribbons at the county fair.

Mrs. Wesselmann of Columbia died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2014. She was 97.

She was born Oct. 4, 1916, in Linn to Hubert and Mary Otto Maasen. As a teenager, she worked away from home to help support her family during the Great Depression. She advocated for her younger siblings to attend high school.

She married Albert Wesselmann on June 14, 1941.

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

She and her husband enjoyed traveling and fishing together. She also enjoyed playing bridge and gardening.

Mrs. Wesselmann is survived by five children, Albert of Duluth, Ga., John of Columbia, Gerald and his wife, Karen, of McKinney, Texas, L. Patrick and his wife, Kathleen, of Columbia, and Judith Egloff of Kansas City; one sister, Ruth Roederer and her husband, Don; two sisters-in-law, Rita and Jane Maasen; twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Albert, four sisters and five brothers died earlier.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. A funeral mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church, 1115 Locust St.

Memorial contributions can be made to Sacred Heart Church, 1112 Locust St., Columbia, MO 65201, or the Columbia Senior Center, 1121 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, MO 65201.

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