Dorothy Wessell

Friday, February 22, 2002

GORDONVILLE, Mo. -- Dorothy A. Wessell, 82, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Friends may call today between 4-8 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson, Mo., and Saturday, Feb. 23, after 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, followed by interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Schwiesow will officiate.

Mrs. Wessell was born March 24, 1919, at Gordonville, daughter of Albert G. and Clara M. Meier Gross. She and Albert H. "Bud" Wessell were united in marriage Dec. 30, 1944, at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville. He died Jan. 24, 2001.

Loving survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol Ann and Thomas C. Sparkman of Cape Girardeau; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven Robert and MaeBeth Wessell and Mark Alan and Linda Wessell, all of Gordonville; and a sister, Mary Birk of Fredericktown, Mo.

Also surviving are three grandsons, Mark Hahn and wife, Angel, of Rochester Hills, Mich., Jasen Wessell and wife, Alissa, of Millersville, Mo., Hunter Wessell of Gordonville; four granddaughters, Tara King and husband, Shawn, of Cape Girardeau, Jennifer Wallis and husband, Billy, of Millersville, Mo., and Whitney and Logan Wessell of Gordonville; a stepgrandson, Randy Sparkman and wife, Laura, of Cape Girardeau; a great-stepgrandson, Sumner Sparkman, and a great-stepgranddaughter, Blake Sparkman, both of Cape Girardeau.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wessell was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Wayne Wessell, and a brother, Albert M. Gross.

Mrs. Wessell was baptized and confirmed as a child at Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville and a former member of the Ladies Aid.

She previously worked at International Shoe Co. in Jackson and Macke's Store in Gordonville. She managed the Dollar General Store in downtown Cape Girardeau many years, retiring in 1977. Mrs. Wessell was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Zion Lutheran Organ Fund.