LOUISE J. HASSING, 96 of Jackson passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Father Peter Schuster officiating. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery – Jackson. Visitation will be on Monday, 6-14-2010, from 5 to 7 PM with a Prayer service at 6:30 and on Tuesday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Louise Hassing died peacefully in her sleep June 8, 2010 at the Good Samaritan Home in Jackson, Minnesota. She was 96.
Louise Josephine Hassing was born February 17, 1914 on her parents’ farm four miles south of Jackson in Middletown Township. Her parents were John and Martha Hassing. The youngest of six children, Louise had four brothers; Edmund, Alfred, George, and William, and one sister, Emily. Her parents and siblings all preceded her in death.
Louise enjoyed her childhood on the farm, making mud pies and playing with her dog named Tippy. In the fall and spring, she walked west across the section to attend school at the Eight-Cornered Schoolhouse, carefully avoiding the “big, mean bull” in the pasture. In the winter, her brother Al drove her to school on a horse drawn sleigh. After moving for a brief time with her family to California and Oregon, she returned with them to the family farm and lived there until graduating in 1932.
After graduation, Louise attended a year of teacher training under Mabel Ford, and taught rural school in Jackson County for eight years. As she often explained to her great-nieces and nephews, being a one room country school teacher wasn’t the same as being a teacher today. Besides teaching all grade levels at once, she would spend early winter mornings shoveling snow, hauling coal, and making sure the stove was hot all before the children arrived.
Louise then attended Mankato Commercial College, where she remained for a year as a teaching assistant after completing her studies. She worked for a few months as a bookkeeper at A.E. Wallace Department Store in Albert Lea and at DeKalb in Jackson before taking a bookkeeper teller position at Jackson State Bank in 1945.
During this time she lived in town, in the house her father built on the south end of Bluff Avenue (now the corner of Bluff and Westbriar). Louise would live in this house until she moved to Jackson Pines in 2006. She moved to the Good Samaritan Home in 2007.
When Louise retired from the bank in 1980, she had more time to do the things she loved, playing music on her Gulbransen organ, growing her own vegetables, watching for new birds to come to her feeders, spending time with her friends on McClelland Beach in Spirit Lake, traveling, and visiting family. A lifelong member of St. Wenceslaus and later Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Louise was a member of the Council of Catholic Women as well as the National Catholic Society of Foresters.
Louise is survived by nieces and nephews Wayne (Lynne), Gene (Judy), and Kay Hassing, Francis (Margaret) and Leon (Katie) Koziolek, Evelyn (Verle) Nickerson, Anita (Tom) Wilharm, Jane Czerwonka, Rosemary (Dan) Heins, Margaret Doyscher, Marie Sullivan and their families.