Adam Kassal, 83, passed away Monday, October 19, 2015, surrounded by his family, at his home in Jackson.

He was born September 8, 1932, in Yugoslavia, to Josef and Louise Stemer Kassal.  He was raised in Austria and came to the United States in 1952.  It was in Chicago that he met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Preisig.  They were married September 12, 1953, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Chicago.

Adam’s lifelong profession was in the shoe industry.  He worked 24 years for Florsheim Shoe, and then other shoe companies, retiring as a superintendent from Wolverine World Wide in 1996 and moving to Jackson.

In Jackson, he and Betty became faithful, active members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Adam also became quite a golfer, never passing up an opportunity to spend time with his buddies on the course.   As the Kassal family grew, Adam enjoyed the grandkids and great-grandkids more each day, and they all cherish the years they spent with him.  In addition to the grandkids, he also had a soft spot for animals, especially their well-being.

Loving survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty of Jackson; three children, Rita (James) Trankler of Jackson, Robert Kassal of Chicago, Ron (Stephanie) Kassal of Beloit, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Josef (Angela) Trankler and Nickie (Dr. Joe) McCadams both of Jackson, Elisabeth “Lissie” Kassal, Glorianne (Keith) Davies, and Kristie Woody, all of Beloit; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, John Kassal;  and a sister, Leni Korving, both of Woodstock, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his mother-in-law, Katharina Preisig.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 4:30 to service time, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jackson.

At 6 PM, the Rev. John Harth and Deacon Walter Biri will lead a Celebration-of-Life Mass.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation; the American Diabetes Association; or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

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12 Comments
  1. John Williams

    Ron, I just wanted to express my sincere condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. Your friend, John Williams

  2. Jeff and Marion King

    Ron and family,
    Adam was s great man and it was a pleasure to get to know him and work with him at Freeman Shoe Company. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Jeff & Marion

  3. Lisa Morone

    You are in our thoughts and prayers, Ron and family. Cherish your beautiful memories that you have forever etched upon your heart. We will be thinking of you during this sad time.
    Your Friends, Roger & Lisa

  4. Richie Barna

    Adam, you will be missed as much as you were loved-immensely. You will be forever celebrated, cherished, and respected. You were the embodiment of the American Dream achieved through a desire to succeed and true hard work. Your life is inspirational story of the spirit to fight and overcome challenges, setbacks, trials, surviving unimaginable things, and the true triumph of the human spirit. Adam Kassal, you will be remembered for being a fighter; a fun loving, and a truly selfless, good man. You were more than just a neighbor, you were, in many ways, a surrogate parent and grandparent to us.Thank you for being such a loyal, forgiving friend, wonderful person, a confidante, a shoulder to cry on, and not only a friend to my parents but a role model for them, as well as the three Barna boys. Even if you had horrible taste in football teams. Love you

  5. Todd Knaup

    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. I am working that day unfortunately. I just wanted to let you and your family know I’ll be praying for you. God bless you in your time of loss.
    Sincerely, Todd Knaup

  6. Dave Laxton

    Prayers and condolences for the entire Kassal family. May GOD give you peace during this time.

    Sincerely, Dave Laxton

  7. Lucy Humes

    So sorry to hear about Adam. I have many memories of him from Florsheim. Prayers be with the family.

  8. Janet W

    Betty, you and your family continues to be in our prayers and thoughts. You and Adam have both left your in prints on my heart and I so treasure you both. Working with you both was a rewarding experience and I sure miss our time that we had at Freeman. You both made a difference in my life. Love and Prayers, a friend, Janet

  9. Harold and Darla Brown

    Our prayers and condolences are with the Kassal family. Harold has wonderful memories of Adam and Betty from Florsheim. We would both have liked to visit in person but Harold is in poor health and could not attend. May God Bless and comfort you Betty.
    Darla and Harold Brown

  10. Peter Kassal

    I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Aunt Betty Uncle Ron uncle Bobby aunt Rita and the whole family. Uncle Otto will be missed . Love to all , Peter

  11. Sandi Kassal

    Dear Betty,
    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Adam. If there were ever two people that were soulmates it was surely the two you. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your and your family. He was a wonderful caring man and a joy to be around. He will be missed by all.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Love, Sandi

  12. Monica Stiksel Loye

    To the entire Kassal family, you may not remember me, but I am the daughter of the late George Stiksel. My mother is Elvira Stiksel. My sincere condolences on the death of Adam. I remember him as a funny, kind man just from the few times I have met him. My parents were also from Yugoslavia, and it seems like all from that little town were good friends for many, many years. May you have the beautiful memories with you always.

    Best,
    Monica Stiksel Loye

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