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Neva H. Hanysh Gass

Posted November 07, 2012 in Des Moines West, Obituaries, Johnston

May 2, 1931 – November 3, 2012

Neva Gass

Neva N. Gass, 81, loving wife, mother and Granny, passed from this life on November 3, 2012, in Johnston, Iowa. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012 at St. Pius X Catholic Church with interment following in Glendale Cemetery.

Neva was born in Yale, Iowa on May 2, 1931 to Ernest and Cecile Hanysh. A graduate/valedictorian of Yale High School, she moved to Des Moines and taught at AIB where she met her future husband, Darrell. She was very artistic and spent many years enjoying decorative painting. Neva was a member of the Potpourri Painters, and sold her artwork at the Iowa State Fair and various other art festivals. She was an excellent seamstress, and could also knit and crochet. Neva crocheted numerous prayer shawls that were donated to the church ministry. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Urbandale American Legion Auxiliary Post 663. Neva was a wonderful cook and her Christmas cookies were legendary. She enjoyed playing games, dancing, music, singing, playing the piano, reading books and was an avid tennis fan.

Neva is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Darrell J. Gass; seven children, Pamela Murphy of Urbandale, Pat Mason (Don Rollins) of Oklahoma City, OK, Jeffrey M. Gass (Fran) of Urbandale, Joel Gass (Mary) of Urbandale, Theresa Zingerman of Omaha, NE, Marcia Toth of West Des Moines, and Jason M. Gass of Des Moines; one sister, Melva Couchman of Cape Coral, FL; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant child Mary Elizabeth.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 pm Wednesday at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel. Special thanks to Mercy Hospice for their loving care. Contributions may be made to: St. Pius X Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Habitat for Humanity.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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