Mary M. “Marie” Kaslon, 95, of Ashton died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at the St. Francis Skilled Care in Grand Island.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Ashton. The Rev. Marty Egging will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ashton.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church with a 7 p.m. vigil service.
Peters Funeral Home of Loup City is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Kaslon was born on March 26, 1912, on the family farm near Ashton, the daughter of Stanley and Mary (Smydra) Smolla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven P. Kaslon; and one son, Donald Kaslon.
She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Grace Kaslon of Stinett, TX, Jim and Cindy Kaslon of Grand Island, Steve and Penny Kaslon of Colorado Springs, CO and David and Debra Kaslon of Blair; six daughters and five sons-in-law, Rita and Edward Borzych of St. Paul, Phyllis Piechota, JoAnn and Robert Piechota, and Lois and Kenneth Maschka all of Ashton, Virginia and Larry Nollette and Carol and Mike Aliano, all of Omaha; one brother, Edwin Smolla of Omaha; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Ernestine and Steve Eurek of Loup City, Margaret and Dick McClain of O’Neill and Frances Koehler of Grand Island.
She is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; and four sisters-in-law, Rosa Smolla of Blair, Harriet Smolla of Bloomingdale, IL, Helen Kaslon and Eleanor Kaslon, both of Loup City.
Marie grew up on the family farm and attended Howard and Sherman County rural schools and St. Francis parochial school in Ashton. As a young woman she helped her family and neighbors in housekeeping and farming.
She was united in marriage to Steven P. Kaslon on May 9, 1933, at Ashton. The couple farmed their entire married life in the Ashton area. Steve died on May 20, 1987, and that fall she moved into Ashton. She lived in her home until 2004 when she moved to The Gardens Assisted Living in Loup City and in March 2007 she moved into Rose Lane Home.
She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women and Cursillo; the Ashton Community Club and was a lifetime member of the Polish Heritage Center.
Marie enjoyed gardening, baking and needlework. Marie’s family was very important to her.
In addition to her husband and son, she was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Phil Piechota; one sister, Agnes Treffer; and four brothers, Edward, Alex, Joe and Richard Smolla.
Memorials are suggested to the church, the Polish Heritage Center or the donor’s choice.