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Wilma Jean Bier
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Obituary for Wilma Jean Bier

Wilma Jean Bier, longtime resident of Sacramento, California passed away on November 24, 2017 at the age of 81. She leaves behind her daughter Jeanne Kurttila, son-in-law Dan Kurttila and her granddaughter Jaclyn Kurttila. Her son Jeffrey Anton proceeded her in death. Her loving husband “Fritz” proceeded her in death on September 17, 2016. She leaves behind a loving family and many friends.
Her father Everett Collins was born in Black Gum, Oklahoma and her mother Mary Collins (Michel) was born in Branson, Missouri. Wilma was born on December 31, 1935 in Branson as a middle child of 5 siblings. Her family moved to Sacramento, California in 1952. She attended a one room school house for elementary and middle school in Branson. She attended Elk Grove High School for a portion of her junior and senior years. She obtained her AA in Accounting at Sacramento City College in Sacramento, CA.
Wilma met Fritz during her high school years and they were married September 10, 1955 for 61 years. She worked at Department of Motor Vehicles in her younger years. She and Fritz had two children Jeanne and Jeffrey (Jeff). Wilma was a stay at home mom for many years then returned to work with the Employment Development Department retiring at 56 years of age with 20 years of service as a Sr. Accounting Officer. In addition, she served as the president of her Depression Glass Club for many years.
Some of her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, collecting depression and elegant glass, photography, playing pinochle and poker, polka dancing and traveling in many states enjoying natures beauty and wildlife. Wilma and Fritz spent many years enjoying the ocean at Dillon’s Beach in California, fishing, clamming, and crabbing with many friends and family.
Wilma will be remembered by her sweet smile and kind heart. Wilma was a strong confident woman constantly learning in her lifetime and dedicating time and love to all she met and knew. May God bless her always.
A funeral mass will said at 10:00 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church located at 5961 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95824. Following the mass there will be a graveside services at Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery located on 65th Street. Reception will be held at St. Rose Catholic Church in the Cypress Room between 12:30 – 3:30.
Contributions can be made at Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice Foundation of America. Please join us in this celebration of life.


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Mass

Thursday

7

Dec

10:00 AM
St. Rose Catholic Church of Sacramento

5961 Franklin Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95824

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery

6700 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95820


Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association of Northern CA

Hospice Foundation of America

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