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December 9, 2018

11/26/2018 7:58:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial for Ethel Bissen Nov. 27 at St. Bernard's

The Mass of Christian Burial for Ethel C. Bissen, 97, of Stewartville will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018) at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville with Rev. John Wilmot officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Bissen died on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center.
Ethel Catherine Michels was born on Aug. 20, 1921 in Stacyville, Iowa to Joseph and Helen (Mueller) Michels. She grew up on the family farm, and attended parochial school.
Ethel was married on Sept. 25, 1940 at Visitation Church in Stacyville to John Bissen. The couple lived and started their family in rural Johnsburg, Minn., where they farmed for 19 years. In 1959 they moved to Stewartville where they raised their family and have continued to live. Ethel was a homemaker and also was employed as a cook at the Stewartville Care Center for a number of years and as a clerk at Boyum Foods in Stewartville until her retirement. John was employed as a meat cutter at Boyum Foods in Stewartville for many years and then at Barlow's Grocery Store in Rochester. He also drove school bus in the Stewartville school district. Mr. Bissen died on Dec. 5, 1992. Ethel was a longtime member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and was active with its CCW and ladies activities. She enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to a ladies bridge club that met regularly. She enjoyed gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards and following the Minnesota Twins. She enjoyed visiting with friends and loved time spent with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ethel is survived by four daughters, Rita (Paul) Hackenmiller of St. Ansgar, Iowa, Ellen (Louis) Kanavati of West St. Paul, Janet Taylor of Rochester and Donna Bamlet of Stewartville; daughter-in-law, Laurie Bissen of Winona; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Ruth Olson of Waterloo, Iowa and her brother, Joseph "Pete" Michels of Osage, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband John, son Michael, daughter Doris Flicker, her parents, two sons-in-law Charles Taylor and Rick Bamlet, two sisters Patricia Murdock and Hazel Heimer, two brothers Wilmer "Bud" Michels and John "Jack" Michels and three infant children.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Online condolences and memories of Ethel are welcome at

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