Gayle M. Paar- Wesson


Mary Paar-Wesson (Sorn) 100 years of age, of Blair, Nebraska passed away
peacefully March 2, 2023 in her son’s home.  Gayle was born July 18, 1922 to Albert J. and
Alma (Apffel) Sorn and raised in Mt. Healthy, Ohio. Early in life she went to California
where she met George “Bud” Paar, a marine corps staff sergeant from Dubuque,
Iowa. Bud and Gayle were married in 1945. After the war was over Bud returned
to work for J.C. Penny Co. in Milwaukee, WI. In 1960 he was made manager at the
Missouri Valley J.C. Penny Store; he passed away in 1966.

stayed in Missouri Valley, built her home and raised her four children Jan,
Rich, Jerry and Keith. She became interested in the church, and community
affairs. She helped build the Rand Center and was President of the Board for 10
½ years. She met Charles Wesson 10 years after Bud’s death. He was an Omaha
Firefighter. He also passed away in 1999. 
She lived in her home in Missouri Valley until the age of 98 when she
moved to Blair, NE to live with her son Keith.

was preceded in death by her parents, husband George E. Paar, husband Charlie
Wesson, brothers Albert L. Sorn and Joseph Sorn, sisters Edythe C. Sorn and
Alma C. Lutterbie and her daughter-in-law, Mary Paar.

remaining to cherish Gayle’s memory are her children, Janice M. (Dale)
Schroeder of Orem Utah, Richard C. (Sharon) Paar of Pocatello, Idaho, Jerry R.
(Becky) Paar of Missouri Valley, Iowa and Keith J. Paar of Blair, Nebraska.
Also, remaining are 9 Grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great
Grandchild, as well as her sister Cris E. (Frank) Kihm of Michigan.

lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be distributed at a
later date, as below.

Jerry Paar, 32603 140 th St., Missouri Valley,
IA 51555

Keith Paar, 1132 Westridge Drive, Blair, NE

Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a wake
service at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Mike Carney at Hennessey Funeral Home in
Missouri Valley, Iowa.

family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the Church
following the Funeral Mass..

will be held March 7, 2023 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa beside her
1st husband and father of her 4 children.

In Loving Memory Of

Gayle Mary Paar-Wesson


July 18, 1922                             Mt. Healthy, Ohio

Entered Into Rest

March 2, 2023                               Blair, Nebraska

Funeral Mass

10:30 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2023

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Missouri Valley, Iowa

Celebrant                    Father Raphael Masabakhwa

Organist                                                  Kris Gash

Vocalist                                       Elizabeth Dillinger

Vocal Selections

“I Did It My Way”

“Let there be Peace on Earth, Let it begin with me”

Music Selections

Eagle’s Wings”               “How Great Thou Art”

Final Resting Place

Mt. Calvary Cemetery

Dubuque, Iowa