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Joan E. Bessa
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Obituary for Joan E. Bessa

Joan E. Bessa, age 90 of Rhinelander, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Country Terrace Assisted Living. She was born on March 25, 1927, in Monico to Patrick and Delia (Behrens) Stevens.

Joan graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1945 and graduated from Badger Green Bay Business College in 1946. She married Leonard S. Bessa on August 19, 1950, in Monico and together they raised their family of eight children. Joan was employed with the Rhinelander School District at the middle school for 27 years. She was a faithful member of Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Parish.

Joan is survived by four daughters, Mary Bessa of Hudson, WI, Char Bessa of Madison, WI, Carol (Bill) Palm of Pompano Beach, FL, and Cheryl (Lee) Tourtillott of Burnsville, MN; two sons, Gary (Connie) Bessa of Rhinelander and Tom Bessa of Rhinelander; 21 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; four sisters, Lois Arnold of Anchorage, AK, Ruth Bahl of Lakeside, CA, Iris Lundt of Pompano Beach, FL, and Fayne (Larry) Diegel of Rhinelander; three brothers, Mike Stevens of Pompano Beach, FL, Tom Stevens of Pompano Beach, FL, and Harry Stevens of Deer Park, TX; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard in 2006; a daughter, Lori Birginal; and a son, L. John Bessa.

The funeral mass for Joan will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018, at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church / St. Joseph Site with Father Randy Knauf officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at the church. Interment will take place in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery. Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is in charge of arrangements and condolences for the family may be directed at www.carlsonfh.com.


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Visitation

Friday

5

Jan

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church-St. Joseph's site

N Stevens St.
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Service

Friday

5

Jan

11:30 AM
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church-St. Joseph's site

N Stevens St.
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Cemetery Details

Location

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery

Rhinelander , WI

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