Mary Bass


Mary Louise (Nieman) Bass, 86, formerly of Westport, passed away at 5:38 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was born on February 22, 1930, the daughter of Frank C. and Leona (Strueving) Nieman. She was a lifelong resident of Decatur County and graduated from Greensburg High School in 1948.

Mary Louise and her husband George owned and operated the Bass Funeral Home in Westport from 1960 until 1985. She was a member of the former St. Denis Catholic Church, where she played the organ for 27 years; she was also a member of the Canasta Club and Progressive Homemakers Extension Club. She enjoyed travelling and her grandchildren. She married George J. Bass on August 29, 1950, in Greensburg. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2003.

She is survived by daughters, Norma J. (David) Smith and Marcia (James) Henry, both of Carmel; sons, Kenneth R. (Cheryl) Bass of Shelbyville and Larry D. Bass of Indianapolis; sisters, Mildred (Joe) Holtz of Cold Springs, Kentucky, Clara Tekulve of Indianapolis and Irene (Sy) Kohrman of Greensburg. She has six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

A funeral mass will be conducted at noon Thursday, December 15, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Father John Meyer officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 4 to7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home with a Rosary Service at 4 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dementia Society of America or the donor’s choice.

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