Fern Wass

October 9, 1937January 6, 2019
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Fern Wass died peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the age of 81. She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Neil Wass. Fern was born on October 9, 1937 in Smithville, Missouri. Fern is survived by her four children. Daughter Diana Gonzalez and husband Salvador; daughter Bonnie Jones and husband Ronald; daughter Anita Gutierrez; and son Neil Wass and wife Linda. She is also survived by sisters Joyce Shanks, Dickie Shafer and brother, Richard Reinosky. Fern leaves 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Fern worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years and retired from Memorial Northwest Hospital. Fern was an avid reader and loved to travel. She loved her Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. Fern’s visitation will be on Wednesday, January 9th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heights Funeral Home located at 1317 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Texas. Burial will be on Thursday, January 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel at Houston National Cemetery located at 10410 Veteran’s Memorial Road. Pallbearers include grandsons, Carlos Gutierrez, Cordero Gutierrez, James Chaney, Brandon Jones, Jessie Gutierrez, Jacob Gutierrez, Rolando Mata, Jr., and Joseph Livingston.


  • Diana Gonzalez, Daughter
  • Bonnie Jones, Daughter
  • Anita Gutierrez, Daughter
  • Neil Wass II, Son
  • Joyce Shanks, Sister
  • Dickie Shafer, Sister
  • Preceded in death by Neil Ray Wass, Husband
  • Richard Reinosky, Brother
  • 11 Grandchildren and
    19 Great-Grandchildren

  • Carlos Gutierrez
  • Cordero Gutierrez
  • James Chaney
  • Brandon Jones
  • Jessie Gutierrez
  • Jacob Gutierrez
  • Rolando Mata, Jr.
  • Joseph Livingston


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fern Wass

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Willi and Dave Baker

January 13, 2019

Dave and I spent time with Fern and Neil at DQ conventions (too many to count).
Neil was our Mims man. He came to visit us frequently in Cuero. A few cocktails and blowing some smokes.
We were privileged to attend their 50 year anniversary celebration. Wonderful photos , music and delicious food.
They will be in our hearts and memories always
Both were so proud of their family. Family was their everything.
Bless all of you!
Willi and Dave Baker

Randy Shanks

January 10, 2019

It was always a joy to visit with Aunt Fern. I found this picture of her when she was a nursing student in the 50’s.

Donald Wasson

January 9, 2019

So sorry to hear about Fern. I met her many times when I worked with Neil at Mims.

Susan Synnott

January 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Fern. She was such a great lady and nurse. I enjoyed working with her so much. She was always friendly, fun to work with and always smiling. Love and comfort to the family. Susan

Valerie Johnson

January 8, 2019

I am so sorry for family’s loss. I know that she left you with many wonderful memories. I worked with Fern for many years. She was a joy to work with, and she did what was needed to get the job done. Fern was a hard worker. I also remember laughing often with her. I was always blessed and encouraged by the joy and love that she and Neil shared. She loved her family. Be encouraged. Fern’s beautiful legacy lives on in her family. Praying for a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Jennifer Trenholme

January 8, 2019

I worked with Fern for many years at NW Memorial (Memorial Hermann Greater Heights). She taught me so much about how to be an amazing nurse. She showed all her patients such love and respect. God bless her family during this time of loss.

Janet Lehr

January 8, 2019

I worked with Fern for many years at Memorial Northwest (now Memorial Hermann Greater Heights). I will always remember her has such a kind and giving co-worker, who was also so good to her patients. Godspeed to her large family. I know she will be missed.

Rhonda Baker

January 7, 2019

Always loved when Aunt Fern came to Kansas City to visit!! She was always happy to see us and we were always happy to see her and visit with her. I will miss her dearly!!
Love Always