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Cleo Louise Hassell

Mar 12, 2013

Cleo Louise Hassell, 88, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Funeral services will be held at the Zion United Church of Christ 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, with the Rev. Jane Willan officiating. Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the time of service. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cottey College, P.E.O. and to Zion United Church of Christ.

Born Dec. 19, 1924, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Edwin and Helen E. Archer-Rienecke. On Nov. 10, 1943, she married Richard (Dick) Hassell of Burlington. He preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Burlington Senior High School, after high school she worked for Dr. Eggleton, and was the Secretary/Treasurer for Productions Incorporated.

She was a 50-year member of Kings Daughters (Norma Circle). She was a member, past president, and held other offices of P.E.O. Chapter NH.

Other volunteer activities included being a Girl Scout leader, an officer in the PTA, board member for The United Way, pageant board member for Burlington’s Bicentennial, and was a past president for the Burlington chapter of Southeast Iowa Symphony.

She was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, served as a circle leader of “Ruth Circle,” and served as president of WSCS and a District officer for the Muscatine District.

She was a choir member of First United Methodist Church, where she as a Communion Steward. She was a current member of Zion United Church of Christ.

She enjoyed playing bridge, loved music, dancing, reading, traveling and baking.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Hassell of Mt. Pleasant; her son, Dennis (Diane) of Dallas, Texas; one granddaughter; one sister, Vera (Floyd) Krieger of Burlington and one brother, Edwin Rienecke of Arvada, Colo.

Preceding her in death were her husband and her sister, Wilma Wiegard, of Burlington.

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