Mary Jo Tassen

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Mary Jo Tassen, age 92, passed away peacefully, Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Aspen Ridge in Gaylord, Michigan.

She was born in Whitesburg, Kentucky, on April 12, 1930, and was the daughter of Elmer and Ollie (Breeding) Johnson.

In 1985, Mary Jo and the love of her life, David Lee Tassen, moved to Gaylord and made Michaywé their home.

Mary Jo was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gaylord and the Garden Club of Gaylord. She was also an avid sports fan (she loved her Tigers and Red Wings). She enjoyed shopping and reading, but most of all enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was most well known for her huge home-cooked family meals, which she called “cooking up a storm.”

She is survived by her two daughters, Victoria (Charles) Moss of West End, NC, and Deborah (Jason) Clement of Gaylord; siblings, Alma Jean Brown of Sterling Heights, William H. (Willa) Johnson of Bardstown, KY, John E. (Shirlee) Johnson of Rutledge, TN and Iva Lee (Bill) Hacker of Somerset, KY; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband, David Lee Tassen; her parents, Elmer and Ollie; her brother, Franklin D. (Naomi) Johnson; and sister, Iva (Bill) Johnson Hacker.

Funeral services will be held at the Nelson Funeral Home on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Gaylord, 513 Charles Brink Rd., Gaylord, MI, 49735.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

5 comments on “Mary Jo Tassen”

  1. Jane and Bob Whately

    Jo your sense of humor and honest opinions will be missed. God be with you until we meet again.

  2. Jo will be missed by me. She was a force of life! She had an unfailing love of God and her family. At church, she always sat in row 4, the aisle seat. I believe her spirit will remain.
    Sympathy to the whole family.

  3. Mary & Jerry Brown

    Words are not enough to say how much Jo will be missed. She always had a smile on her face and a good story. We always enjoyed our times together. Prayers to Debbie, Jason and the entire family.

  4. Richard Balamucki

    I so fondly remember the time I got to spend with Dave and Jo. She will be missed by all.
    Richard Balamucki

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