Ethel Hesse
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Ethel Hesse, age 98 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Friday, October 18, 2013 at Sister James Care Center in Yankton, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Monday from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Visitation will continue at church on Tuesday one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Hesse, Ryan Hesse, Matt Hesse, Scott Hesse, Adam Hesse, Chris Higginbotham, Phil Steffen and Shane Corey.

Ethel was born on June 23, 1915 on a farm near Crofton, Nebraska to Frank and Frances (Holzbauer) Janssen. She attended rural Beaver Creek elementary school. After graduating from Mount Marty High School in 1934 she attended and received a degree from the Omaha School of Cosmetology. Ethel married Alfred Hesse on October 12, 1942 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Crofton, NE. Ethel and Al lived near Wynot, Nebraska from 1942 to 1946 where there first two children, Jane and Bill were born. In 1946 they moved to Crofton and began the operation of Hesse Implement. In the following years John, Donna and Tim were born.

Ethel thoroughly enjoyed her role as a nurturing mother who found great fulfillment in the care of her family and home. She was a tower of wisdom, strength and faith to her family. Ethel was a vibrant member of the Crofton community, volunteering at St. Rose School and church and serving as an officer in the Catholic Daughters of America and Christian Mothers. She was a member of Avera Sacred Heart Home Health Board of Directors in Yankton, SD.

After moving to Majestic Bluffs in Yankton in October of 2002, she found great joy in making hundreds of caps for newborn babies at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Ethel is remembered for her generosity in helping others, love of family, joy in playing cards, scrabble and cribbage. She was known for her classic style, graciousness and kindness. Her kindness was exemplified by her belief in plucking a thistle and planting a flower where she thought a flower could grow.

Ethel is survived by her five children and their spouses, Jane Hesse of Phoenix, Arizona, Bill and Jan Hesse of Yankton, SD, John Hesse of Council Bluffs, IA, Donna and Jack Hellwege of St. Louis, MO, Tim and Esther Hesse of Lodi, WI; 19 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; sister Eleanor Buschelman of Fordyce, NE.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Al on October 22, 1994 at the age of 75; daughter-in-law Sue Hesse; her sisters Maym Peitz, Evelyn Potts, Matilda Freng, Sisters Annella and Dorothy Janssen, OSB; brothers Francis and Daniel Janssen.




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Donna, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. What an amazing woman your mom was. You were so blessed to have her for so long. I hope it gives you peace and comfort knowing that you have been such a good daughter to her for all these years. You are in our prayers. Love, Jill and Terry

Jill Orr


Donna Jack and girls, Wish we could be there, but our love and prayers are with all of you. Many wonderful memories...what a beautiful grace filled mother and grandmother. Our love to all the Hesse's

Barb and Dick


I have very fond memories. Our condolenses. Fred & Sherri Janssen

Frederick Janssen


My most sincere condolences to you all. I believe we were truly blessed having Ethel as an aunt. So many fond memories! Her legacy will live on. God bless her.

Franklin and Teri Janssen


Aunt Ethel was an amazing woman. My deepest sympathy to the Hesse's. God Bless you all.

Eugenia Janssen (Daniel and Marie Janssen's Granddaughter)


Dear Jane, Please accept my sympathy and prayers for the loss of your mother. My mother Anna had the deepest respect and admiration for her as friends prior to and during their lives at Majestic Bluffs. May they both rest in God's arms.

Doris Dietsch Heine


Our Sympathy to the Hesse family, for the loss of your behoved! My mom sends her condolences as well, as Ethel was someone she (we) greatly admired. Blessings to all.....

Judy & Dick Stratman


So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I went to see her and we had such a good visit. When I was younger I would bake your mom chocolate cake. Your family was always a great neighbor and friend. I played alot with Tim. Donna just put up with us. I will always remember your friendship.

Patti (Clausen) Guy

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