Sass, Jeanette L.


Jeanette L. Sass, of Cochrane, passed away on the morning of Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Saint Anne Extended Care in Winona. She was born on December 9, 1929, at the home in Plum City, the 11th daughter of 13 children of parents, Paul and Louisa (Roth) Gilles. Jeanette graduated from Plum City High School. She married Rene O. Sass on April 3, 1951, and to this union six children were born.

Jeanette was interested in the health care field at an early age. She worked at Plum City Hospital as a nursing aid and realized she wanted to further her career beyond that. This was evident as of 1964, when she along with her mother-in-law, Lillian Sass began ownership of the Cochrane Rest Home. She and her husband expended their endeavors by starting another caring facility, Sass Nursing Home in Pepin. After selling their nursing home in Pepin, she became the administrator of the nursing home that they sold which was then called Pepin Manor. Jeanette was a member of Hope United Church of Christ, Cochrane, where she was active in the ladies guild and the order of the Eastern Star. She will be remembered for her selfless acts of volunteer work which include the food pantry in Alma, Winona Hospital and Ye Old School Shop in Buffalo City. She had a love of music, playing cards and traveling.

Jeanette will be sadly missed by her children, Jolene (Werner) Engel of Fountain City, Cindy (Fred) Ziegler of Fountain City, Randy (Ann Hermann) Sass of Winona, Minn., Michael Sass of Fountain City, Kathleen Ann Wedan of Cottage Grove, Minn., Lisa (Jim) Deneff of Buffalo City; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Eva Storm-Arden Hills, Minn.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Rene; and siblings, Leon, Robert, Melvin, Marvin, Arnold, Mildred, Rosella, Dorothy, Viola, Phyllis and Marie.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Hope United Church of Christ in Cochrane. Inurnment will follow at Buffalo City Cemetery. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. Talbot Family Funeral Homes, Cochrane Chapel, is assisting the family. Please share your fond memories and condolences online at

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