Gertrude Bast

Bast, Gertrude B.

Gertrude B. Bast, age 103, formerly of 2015 Madison Street, Manitowoc, died Monday afternoon, April 8, 2013, at the Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Gertrude was born November 11, 1909, in Two Rivers, daughter of the late Frank and Mathilda (Ziarnik) Mella. In 1940, she married Fred D. Bast, Sr. In Manitowoc. He preceded her in death on September 6, 1985.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law: Dr. Barry V. and Sandra Bast, Manitowoc; Dr. Fred D. and Kathleen Bast, Fairbanks, AK; Lloyd L. and Mary Bast, Ewen, MI; one daughter and son-in-law: Lona R. and Craig Kowalski, Two Rivers; grandchildren: Kate Bast-Duggan (Tim Duggan), Bryan (Carrie) Bast, Liz (James) Jenkins, Sharon (Matthew) Govora, John (Suzan) Bast, Bill (Kelly) Bast, Alicia (Dirk) Menard, Cody Bast, Erik (Lisa) Kowalski, Jennifer (Mark) Hinz; 23 great grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law: Rita and Norbert Pritzel, Two Creeks; and one sister-in-law: Eunice Mella, Manitowoc. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive.

She was preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-law: Martha and Wilbert Mallman, Cecilia Mella, Agnes and Frank Greskowiak, Phyllis and Jerome Wojta, Rose and Stanley Tadych; and one brother, Leonard Mella.

Cremation has occurred at All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi on Marshall in Manitowoc. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Richard Klingeisen. Entombmebt of her cremated remains will be at Knollwood Mausoleum, town of Kossuth.

The family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at church from 10:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.

The Pfeffer Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center (Reflections Unit), and to Felician Village Assisted Living for the care and compassion shown to Gertrude and her family.

"Mom was a very talented seamstress, knitter and wool braided rug maker. She made hundreds of pairs of knit slippers, baby hats and sweaters. She will be dearly missed by all those who loved her."

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Apr. 21 to Apr. 30, 2013