September 1, 1919 - July 27, 2017
Bess Kamont Wehrlen, 97, widow of Harry J. Wehrlen left this life on Thurs., July 27, with her family by her side. Bess was the only surviving child of Victor and Aniela Kamont of Holyoke, MA. Bess was born in Holyoke on Sept. 1, 1919 and graduated from Holyoke High School. Bess and Harry were married in Feb., 1946 after a long wartime correspondence. When Harry was transferred by GE for a new job, they moved to New Hartford, NY. They retired south to Asheville in 1981 to be nearer their children and grandchildren and also to get away from the snow. Bess is survived by her three children; her devoted caregiver, Kathryn W. Graeter and husband John of Hot Springs, NC; Susan W. Wood and husband William of Whiteville, NC and David J. Wehrlen and wife Christine of Evergreen, CO; grandchildren, Gabrielle Graeter and husband Eric Usher of Asheville, Jesse Graeter and wife Ellie Weyer of Boulder, CO, Amanda Miles-Graeter of Asheville, Sarah W. Bronski and husband Mark Bronski of Avon, CT, William M. Wood of Willimantic, CT., Ella and Mia Wehrlen of Evergreen, Co; and one great grandchild, Aniela Graeter-Usher of Asheville. In her youth, Bess was an avid skier, hitting the slopes throughout New England, back when skiing was indeed an adventure. She played tennis much of her life and was also a knitter and seamstress extraordinaire. After raising her children, she worked in the Utica, NY office of the American Heart Association. Bess and her husband, Harry, were both long-time active members of St. Eugene Catholic Church in Asheville. Bess’s family wishes to express special thanks to the caring staff of Mars Hill Retirement Center, Hospice of Madison and CarePartners Solace. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities, 50 Orange St., Asheville, NC 28801. Please write “Asheville Office” on the check’s memo line. Or make a donation online at www.ccdac.org. A memorial service will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at St. Eugene Catholic Church, 72 Culvern St, Asheville. Inurnment will be next to her husband Harry in the church columbarium.
Bess Kamont Wehrlen, 97, widow of Harry J. Wehrlen left this life on Thurs., July 27, with her family by her side. Bess was the only surviving child of Victor and Aniela Kamont of Holyoke, MA. Bess was born in Holyoke on Sept. 1, 1919 and graduated... View Obituary & Service Information
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