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Mary Louise (Nieman) Bass, 86, formerly of Westport, passed away at 5:38 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 in Indianapolis. She was born on Feb. 22, 1930 the daughter of Frank C. & Leona (Strueving) Nieman.
She was a lifelong resident of Decatur County and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1948.
Mary Louise and her husband, George, owned and operated the Bass Funeral Home in Westport from 1960 until 1985.
She was a member of the former St. Denis Catholic Church, where she played the organ for 27 years; she was also a member of the Canasta Club and Progressive Homemakers Extension Club. She enjoyed traveling and her grandchildren.
She married George J. Bass on Aug. 29, 1950 in Greensburg. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2003.
She is survived by daughters, Norma J. (David) Smith, and Marcia (James) Henry, both of Carmel; sons, Kenneth R. (Cheryl) Bass, Shelbyville, Larry D. Bass, Indianapolis; sisters, Mildred (Joe) Holtz, Cold Springs, KY, Clara Tekulve, Indianapolis, Irene (Sy) Kohrman, Greensburg. She has six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
A funeral mass will be conducted at noon on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greensburg with Father John Meyer officiating.
Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 4 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dementia Society of America or the donor's choice. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.bassgasper.com
Published on December 12, 2016
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