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Dorothy Wassmuth, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away July 19, 2014, at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation following an extended illness. Dorothy was born in Oconee, Ill., to Claude and Mary Worland Wilson on Feb. 7, 1927. She graduated from Strasburg Community High School, Shelby County, Ill., in 1946. In 1948, after her father’s death, Dorothy and her mother traveled to Greencreek, Idaho, to visit with her brother, Charles Wilson, and his wife, Estella Schumacher Wilson. While in Greencreek, Dorothy met Lawrence Wassmuth. They were married on Dec. 29, 1948, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and then made their home in Grangeville, Idaho. They were married for 65 years.
Dorothy was the busy mother of nine children. She treasured her family and was proud of their accomplishments. She loved to watch her family grow through the years and welcomed each new family member with open arms. She was the queen of thrift and recycling. Under Mom’s watchful eye, we lived the motto “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without,” but Mom and Dad always provided everything we ever needed. We often woke to the sound of Mom whistling and the chime of the metal ring on the bowl she used to mix bread dough. Mom had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. She was gracious and kind. Mom enjoyed needlework, gardening, games and Sunday drives. Mom and Dad treasured their friends and neighbors and enjoyed sharing a potluck dinner and a game of pinochle.
Mom was a devout Catholic and an active member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, where she cared for the altar linens for 17 years. She was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul PTA and Altar Society, and the Syringa Hospital Auxiliary. She served as an election judge.
In January 2009, Mom became a resident of Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation. Her later years were overshadowed by Alzheimer’s disease, but Mom maintained a smile on her face, a twinkle in her eyes and the pink in her cheeks. Though her memory faded, her face lit up when Dad arrived for his daily visit. The staff at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation provided years of dedicated and loving care to Mom and consideration and comfort for our family. Our family thanks them for all they did for Mom and for us.
Dorothy is survived by her husband, Lawrence; and their children and families, Marilyn and Philip Irvine, Jim Wassmuth and Susie Barnett, Lila and Pat McBride, Steve and Lynnel Wassmuth, Rosalie and Jerry Jessup, Patty and Earl Hamm, Mike Wassmuth and Lori Mader, Carla and Dan Redline, and Julie and Chris Tverdy; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and her brother, Fr. Methodius Wilson, OFM.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Margaret Wilson and Rosemary Meyer; and her brothers, Charles and Joseph Wilson.
Services will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Grangeville on Wednesday, July 23. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. followed by graveside services at Prairie View Cemetery. Fr. Mariusz Majewski will preside. Arrangements are under the care of Blackmer Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials be given to the Sts. Peter and Paul School Foundation, the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, or the Alzheimer’s Association.