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Avon Elizabeth Hess

Mass of Christian Burial for Avon Hess, 91, of Marshall, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will take place at Calvary Catholic Cemetery later in the spring. A livestream and recording of the service will be available on the church website: www.holy-redeemer.com

Avon Elizabeth (Rogge) Hess was born on October 19, 1930, in Ghent to Henry and Leona (VanOverbeke) Rogge. Avon was a vibrant soul, one who really lit up the room whenever she entered. And right up until she became less able to get around, Mom was full of joy and always eager to help out, no matter what the circumstances were. Avon met Owen Willam Hess, the love of her life, at the roller-skating rink and they married on May 3, 1950 at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall. From there on out, they had five lively boys, Doug, John, Randy, Wayne, Paul, and one devoted daughter, Kathryn “Kookie”. Avon never complained at her tasks, nor did she ever turn anyone away, whether it be family, friends, or local faces coming by the house for a cup of coffee or for one of her extraordinary garage sales. Mom had a love of music, in particular the Resurrection Choir at Holy Redeemer Church for 43 years. She thrived in her own way, always keeping busy helping others.

Avon died on Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. She is survived by her children Douglas (and Sandra) Hess, John (and Liz) Hess, Randy Hess, Wayne (and Christine) Hess, Paul (and Lisa) Hess and Kathy “Kookie” (and Tim “Chubs”) Marlow; her grandchildren Nathan, Matthew, Taylor, Aaron, Jordyn, Emily, Madilyn, Natalie, Courtney, Austin, Brenna, Autumn, Zoe, Benjiman and Claire; and her great-grandchildren Aidin, Mickey and Bryce, and her sister MaryLou Michelson and brother Donald Rogge. She was preceded in death by her husband Owen W. Hess and grandson Owen T. Hess.

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So sorry for your loss. I know she's with Owen teaching the angels to play rolle-bolle.

Nancy Seifert Jan 21 2022 11:07 AM

My deepest sympathy to all of Avon's children and family. I feel so blessed having so many wonderful memories of your mother. She was a wonderful, caring, kind person that was always there for all. A beautiful friend inside and out. I will truly miss her.

LaVonne and Davis Holcomb Jan 20 2022 11:40 PM

Dearest Godmother,
May God carry you home on eagles wings! Thank you for the many years of stories of your best friend, my mom! You had sooo many friends I don't know that it is fair to say you had only one best. I will always carry those stories with me.
Love always from your Goddaughter,
Lee Lee
Lee Anne Greenwood Thooft
You are the only on!e that I would allow to call me Lee Lee

Lee Thooft Jan 20 2022 5:59 PM

Avon was a gem! When I moved to Marshall and joined the church choir, Avon made me feel welcome from the first meeting. As the years passed she always said hello when we'd run into each other. Her zest for life and her family are precious memories. With sorrow at her passing but rejoicing in her life and eternal reward I sing out, "Go rest high on the mountain" Avon."

Paula Dudgeon Jan 19 2022 6:20 PM

Every August since 2006 the Adolph and Romanie Van Overbeke cousins have gotten together for a "Cousin Reunion planned by Avon and other Marshall cousins. Memories and stories abounded. Our gatherings won't be the same until we have our heavenly reunions to get caught up on the various comings and goings, midst laughter and tears. Avon, Peace and eternal happiness be yours and those with whom you are now reunited in eternal life. Perhaps enjoying that Belgian Game, memories and a glass of something or the other?

Barbara Skierecki - Apple Valley Jan 18 2022 10:26 AM

The memories I have about Avon she was a gem of a woman and she had a zest for life. Spent many Sundays with my daughter Amy having tacos at the house. Amy curling Avon's hair or putting make up on Avon. So many memories … fly high Avon you will be missed .

Rose Hale Jan 18 2022 7:21 AM

Growing up on F street as a one of the hundred or so kids on the block, I've known Avon ever since I can remember. She was always full of fire and life. We loved how she called us as if our middle name was Honey. Such as some of my siblings, Tammy Honey or Hermey Honey. Our family was dedicating many Holy Rosaries and Chaplets for Avon in her final days. May the Lord have mercy on her and welcome her home.
Billy "Honey" Bennett

Bill and Dorian Bennett Jan 17 2022 7:20 PM