Stella Bash - October 04, 2012
Stella Mae Bash passed away on Oct. 1, 2012 at the age of 93, in Lincoln, Neb.
Stella was the daughter of William F. Stute and Anna Pennel and was born Sept. 23, 1919 at her parent’s farm northeast of Haigler. She grew up on her parent’s farm and attended School District 43 through the eighth grade. She then attended Benkelman High School and graduated in 1939. She was confirmed and joined the Zion Lutheran Church at the age of 17.
On Jan. 4, 1941, Stella was united in marriage with Gay Oliver Bash at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodland, Kan. Three sons were born to this marriage.
The Bash family lived on a farm southwest of Benkelman in Cheyenne County, Kan., until they moved to Benkelman in 1963. Stella took pride in being one of the few remaining members of the South Fork Circle Club which was founded in the rural area close to their farm. She loved working in the yard. Stella was also known for her willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Stella’s favorite hobby was sewing. She was always eager to show the many quilts she had made throughout her life.
Due to her failing health, Stella moved into assisted living at The Landing in Lincoln, in April, 2006. She lived there until her death.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gay; her parents, William and Anna Stute; brothers, Marlin Stute, Orval Stute, and infant William Stute; sisters, Valetta Stute, Hazel Hoffer, and Luella Whaley; and a granddaughter, Brenda Kay Martinez.
Stella is survived by sons, Bill (Judy) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Joe (Sharon) of Kearney, and Tom (Francine) of Lincoln; grandchildren, Mike Bash, Jeff Bash and Jenny Bash (all of Kearney), Dan Bash (Springfield, Mo.), and Jim (Lincoln); two step-grandchildren, Christopher Thiel and Jeremy Thiel (both of Lincoln); and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Goldie (Kenneth) Gordon of Riverside, Calif.
Funeral services were conducted at Zion Lutheran Church of Benkelman on Oct. 4, 2012, with the Rev. George Matthews officiating.
Memorials can be given to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.
Casketbearers were Mike Bash, Dan Bash, Jeff Bash, Christopher Thiel, Jeremy Thiel and Jim Bash.
Interment was in the Benkelman Cemetery.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman was in charge of arrangements.