June 6, 1918 ~ September 21, 2009

Miss Fern Kassabaum passed away early Monday morning, September 21, 2009, at her Farmington Presbyterian Manor residence at the age of 91 years, 3 months & 15 days. Fern was born on June 6, 1918, in Doe Run, and was the daughter of Henry & Nellie Elizabeth 'Hollinger' Kassabaum. Also preceding in death were: 1 Brother - Vyman Glen Kassabaum & 4 Sisters - Minnie Eva Hahn; Rosie Karsch & 2 Sisters, stillborn.

Fern was: * a 50+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star; * a member of the 55+ Club; * member of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union & * a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, of Farmington.

Survivors Include : her Brother, Fred Kassabaum, of Bonne Terre; a Niece, Carolyn Jacobson, of Kankakee, IL; 2 Nephews: Gerald Lynn Kassabaum, of Terre du Lac & Lynn Hahn, of Bonne Terre. 2 Great-Nephews: Kerry Kassabaum, of Terre du Lac & Adam Jacobson, of San Francisco, CA.

Visitation : Wednesday, 5-8 p.m., with Eastern Star services @ 7 p.m. Visitation resumes Thursday @ 6:30 a.m.

Funeral : Thursday, 11:00 a.m., Sept. 24, 2009,

at : TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Dr. Rick Broadway officiating.

Interment follows at Doe Run Memorial Cemetery, Doe Run, MO.

Memorials to : * The Alzheimer's Association.

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  1. May the gift of memories help ease your sadness as you say goodbye. Ferm was such a lovely lady we just thought the world of her. Enjoyed her anywhere we were together an in our Eastern Star work (an she knew her work.)She will be missed but is now with the angels up above.God Bless each of you.

  2. The best Aunt ever – Fern enriched my life more than words can express. Her zest for life was infectious and her kindness abundant. Indeed she will be missed.

  3. I will always remember Fern with that mischievous twinkle in her eye and the smile that would light up her whole face. She remains still, a Light of the World.

  4. I would like to acknowledge that my cousin Fern was a very good and kind woman. She was also a wonderful niece to my (Great)Granny Newland and an awesome daughter to her mother, my Great-Great Aunt Nell, who was herself, the kindest woman I ever knew. May they all know how much we loved them. Mick

  5. Almost 57 years ago, my mother Ruth Richardson Cole (called "Rich" by Fern and Nellie) named me after her good friend Fern Kassabaum. I still have my first doll that was a Christmas present from Fern K. in 1952. I have fond memories of Fern's and Nellie's visit to our house over the years for visits with my mom. Those visits were full of stories and laughter among the three long-time friends. It seemed that Fern K. always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.

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