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Virginia W. Bass, age 92, of Sterling, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling.

Virginia was born December 24, 1921 in Rock Falls the daughter of Peter and Cecelia (Schietroma) Papoccia. She attended St. Mary Grade School and Community Catholic High School. She married Robert D. Bass on July 3, 1943 in Sterling. After 53 years of marriage, he died on September 9, 1996. Virginia worked at Green River Ordinance Plant during the war years for her brothers in the service. She also worked at Franz Manufacturing Company, Bickford Drug Store, Reents China Shop, Garment Factory Men's Trousers and was a working housewife. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling.

Survivors include her sister, Edith Datti of Ottawa; her brother, Martin (Joanne) Pappocia of Sterling; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and Godchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Mary Jo (Harold) Schryver and Martha (Melvin) Leseman; and two brothers, Freddie (Josephine) Papoccia and Tony (Helen) Papoccia.

Graveside services will be Friday, June 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling with Reverend James Keenan of St. Mary Catholic Church officiating. Holy Mass will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to St. Mary Grade School and Newman High School.