Margaret Gass Obituary

Margaret I. Gass
Margaret I. Gass
Margaret I. Gass

August 9, 1923 - March 12, 2011
Born in Easton, MN
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Margaret Isabelle Ballard Gass passed away on March 12, 2011 at Mercy Hospice surrounded by her loving family. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with burial following in Glendale Cemetery.

Margaret was born August 9, 1923 to Joseph and Matilda Sereda Ballard in Easton, MN. She grew up in Mankato, MN and graduated from Mankato High School. During WWII she traveled to Washington, D.C. to work for the War Department. It was there that she met her future husband, Wayne F. Gass. They were married June 2, 1943. Marge, as she was known to her family and friends, belonged to the St. Pius X Altar and Rosary Society, the Bishop Drumm Guild, the Urbandale American Legion Auxiliary Unit #663, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Margaret was a wonderful wife, fantastic mom and grandma, and a homemaker extraordinaire.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Margaret is survived by her husband of 67 years, Wayne, her four children, Barbara Gunter (John) of Oklahoma City, OK, Reverend Michael W. Gass of Denver, CO, Mary Ballard (Dan) of Sioux Falls, SD and Carol Gass of Urbandale. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

The family will greet friends from 5 -7 p.m., Wednesday evening with a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Bishop Drumm Care Center and Mercy Hospice for their excellent and compassionate care of Marge. The family requests donations in her honor be made to the Bishop Drumm Care Center of Johnston, Mercy Hospice, or St. Pius X Foundation.

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 - 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Thursday, March 17, 2011
10:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, March 17, 2011


Bishop Drumm Care Center
5837 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
Mercy Hospice Johnston
5820 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
St. Pius X Catholic Church Foundation
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US