BEATRICE HESS VALPARISO, IN Beatrice Hess, 85, of Valparaiso passed away Saturday, January 7, 2017. She was born May 23, 1931 in Milwaukee, WI to Erwin and Nora (Huber) Riedel, graduated from Lutheran High School and received a BSRN from the University of Wisconsin in 1955. Her career began as a VNA Public Health Nurse in Ipsalanti, MI before serving 20 years at Canterbury Place in Valparaiso. Bea was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, their Cooperative Circle and founded their Parish Nurses group. She was also active with the Exceptional Equestrians, Valparaiso University Guild and Faculty Women's Club, the Human Rights Board and was instrumental in beginning Vale Day School. On June 30, 1956 she married Elmer B. Hess who preceded her in death in 2014. Survivors include their children: Kristine (Benjamin) Moser of Keokuk, Iowa, Pauline "Polly" Hess of Valparaiso, Justine (Joseph) Hroma of Chesterton and grandchildren: Lily and Charlotte Moser and Eric and Eli Pessmeg. A visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Monticello Park Dr., Valparaiso. The funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with entombment following at Graceland Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to Opportunity Enterprises, Immanuel Lutheran Church or Immanuel's Ministry to the Handicapped.
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