Obituary: Harold E. Rass

Harold E. Rass, 90, of Sturgeon Bay and formerly of Brussels, died peacefully on April 8, 2018, at The Gathering CBRF.  He was born July 8, 1927, in Union to Frank and Mathilda (Euclide) Rass. On Nov. 11, 1967, he married Lolita “Dawn” Lawrence in Namur, she preceded him in death on June 10, 2015.

Harold farmed and worked at P.B.I. until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed commercial fishing, hunting and overhauling engines or being inventive with his brother Clarence. He and Clarence took a 1934 sedan and converted it into a pickup truck. Harold was a life long member of St. Mary’s in Namur and St. Francis and St. Mary’s Church in Brussels.

Survivors include one sister, Madeline Jeanquart, Green Bay; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Clarence (Evelyn) Rass; sisters, Lucy (Charles) Matthews, Rose (Harry) Vandertie, Lena (Elmer) Renier, Esther (Wilfred) Massart, and Laura (Walter) Guilette; brother-in-law, Roy Jeanquart.

Funeral services were held April 12 at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels with burial in St. Mary of the Snow Cemetery. Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be offered at

The family wishes to thank the very caring and special people who cared for Harold during his almost seven-year stay at the Cornerstone of Sturgeon Bay.  Thank you to all who visited Harold to brighten his day by sharing remembrances, speaking a little Belgian with him or bringing him a sweet treat (DQ cones or cookies were always a hit).  Thank you, friends and neighbors, who helped Harold in too many ways to mention.  To the caregivers, David and Dixie Englebert and Larry and Jody Vandertie, thanks for the time and attention given to Harold, it’s truly appreciated. Thank you Rod Robillard for the weekly visits and distribution of Holy Communion.  Thank you to the Asera Hospice Care, especially Amanda who helped in ways to keep Harold comfortable and at peace.

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