Eileen Anna Cass was born on January 2, 1924, in Odebolt, Iowa, to parents John and Nettie (Albers) Bengford. She grew up in Odebolt, Iowa and attended St. Martin’s Catholic Grade School. She graduated from Odebolt High School in 1942. In her early years, she candled eggs with her sister Rita, in Sac City, IA.
She married Thomas Duckett on August 12, 1944, and to this union six children were born. On August 6, 1958, she married Louis Cass in South Sioux City, Nebraska. To this union two children were born. The family lived in Chicago until 1963, at which time they moved to Iowa, farming first near Schleswig and then north of Dunlap. They then started Denison Engineering and they both worked there until retirement. The couple moved to Carroll in July of 2017.
Eileen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dow City. She had taught CCD and was in a Friendship Club in Dow City.
Eileen died on October 24, 2018, at her home in Carroll, Iowa, attaining the age of 94 years, nine months and 22 days.
Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter; three sisters, Marie Snyder, Rita Tiefenthaler and Aloysia Bernhard; five brothers, Edmund, Lawrence, Leo, Joseph and Raymond Bengford. She is survived by her husband, Louis Cass of Carroll, IA; seven children, Kathleen Thomas of Denver, CO, Patricia Cass of South Sioux City, Nebraska, Jim Cass and his wife Sharon of Newport Beach, CA, John Cass and his wife Carol of Sanford, FL, Bob Cass and his wife Mary of Fort Dodge, IA, Christine and her husband Bill Baumann of Pingree Grove, IL and Connie and her husband Stanley Gollhofer and Omaha, NE; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.