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MAAS, John 1875-1943


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/6/2017 at 09:03:04

John Maas Dies Suddenly New Year's Eve

John Maas died suddenly at his home four miles northeast of Wellsburg on New Year's eve at 8:15 from a heart attack. He had been feeling well during the day and evening and ate a very hearty supper. He was playing dominoes with members of his family in the living room when he was stricken without warning and his head fell forward and he was gone.

Three years ago last May he had one leg amputated near the hip as the result of an infection that started in his foot. He took that affliction with courage and confidence and he soon got about nearly as well as before. Of late he feared that a similar trouble was starting in his other foot and he expressed the belief that he might lose his other leg. He had not left his home since Thanksgiving.

He was 67 years old. He was born on a farm in Lincoln township, Grundy county, Nov. 26th, 1875, and spent practically all of his life in Grundy county. He had a wide acquaintance in the section of the county where he lived and everyone liked him and he in return liked them. He was named after his father, who was one of the early residents of Grundy county. John grew up on farms in Lincoln and Colfax townships. He left the farm a number of years before his marriage and took a job in the W. F. Martin hardware store in Wellsburg.

On May 2, 1900, he was married to Rena Meyer, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Meyer. The couple lived in Wellsburg a few years. 38 years ago they moved on the farm in Colfax township which has since been their home.

Surviving are his wife, one son and four daughters. The daughters are Florence (Mrs. Henry J. Smit); Helen (Mrs. Tom Heronimus); Jeanette (Mrs. Joe Rademaker), and Elizabeth (Mrs. Jerry Molendorp). The only son, John, is at home. There are five grandsons and one granddaughter. Other members of his family are one sister, Mrs. Henry Ascher of near Buck Grove, and two brothers: Ebbo from Janesville and Harry from Wellsburg. A brother, Peter, preceded him in death.

Funeral Services Tuesday
Funeral services were held at the Colfax Presbyterian church on Tuesday afternoon and they were largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. George Swalve. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Pallbearers were George Murra, John J. Meester, Henry J. Johnson, John Lupkes, Richard W. Neessen, and Bert Harrenstein.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 7 January 1943, pg 9


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