Priscilla J. Gass, 89, of Ironwood, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in her home.
The former Priscilla J. Bedore was born June 1, 1923, in Bessemer, daughter of the late Clifford and Evelyn (Heidemann) Bedore, attended Ironwood schools, and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in 1940. She enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on Feb. 3, 1944, proudly serving her country stateside during World War II, and was honorably discharged as a corporal on Feb. 20, 1946.
Following her discharge, she returned to Ironwood and was united in marriage to George F. Gass on April 10, 1946, at the Church of the Transfiguration-Episcopal, by Bishop Herman Page. George preceded her in death on June 28, 1991.
Priscilla attended Penn State University in College Park, Penn. for four years, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts. Moving to Milwaukee, she was employed in inventory control at Blackhawk Manufacturing and the Milwaukee Gas Co. She resided in Ohio, Arizona and California before returning permanently to Ironwood. She then worked briefly at Big Powderhorn Lodging Association, and was employed as society editor in the newsroom at the Ironwood Daily Globe for 15 years, retiring in 1988.
Priscilla was a member of the Church of the Transfiguration-Episcopal in Ironwood, where she served as financial secretary, and was an active member of the Altar Guild. She was a life long supporter of Bay Cliff Health Camp in Marquette, the Historic Ironwood Theatre, and Ogalala Lakota College in Kyle, S.D, and was a big Detroit Pistons, Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan.
Surviving are a sister-in-law, Ruth Bedore, Greenville; brother-in-law, Ernest Decur, Sullivan, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Clifford Bedore Jr.; and sister, Donagene Decur.
Out of respect for Priscilla's wishes, cremation has taken place.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at the Church of the Transfiguration-Episcopal, in Ironwood, with the Rev. Manuel Padilla officiating.
Committal will take place at the church, where a flag presentation ceremony will be accorded by representatives of the Ironwood American Legion Post 5 Honor Guard.
Luncheon will follow in the church annex.
Spring burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Highbridge, Wis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HOPE Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 261, Ironwood, MI 49938, DOVE, P.O. Box 366, Ironwood, MI 49938, or the charity of choice.
To view Priscilla's obituary online, sign her guestbook or offer condolences, please visit mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood.