Leah W. “Minnie” Maas, age 101, of Williamsburg, died Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Highland Ridge Care Center, Williamsburg. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Friday, July 26, 2013, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williamsburg with Rev. Carl Cloeter officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Homestead. Visitation: 9:30 A.M. until service time on Friday, July 26, at the church. Memorials may be contributed to Lutheran Interparish Schools, Williamsburg. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements.
Minnie is survived by her daughters, Lillian Mae Ficken (Bill) of Cedar Rapids, and Kathleen Ann Gable (Gary) of Snohomish, WA; five grandchildren, Gary Ficken (Sally) of Cedar Rapids, Debbie Bills (Bill) of Cedar Rapids, Gary Brian Gable (Jill) of Boise, ID, Lisa Gable of Snohomish, WA, and Laura Gable Tufts (Joshua) of Seattle, WA.; and great-grandchildren, Brittany Ficken, Maddie Ficken, Sophie Ficken, Megan Bills, David Bills, Nick Gable, Britton Gable, Anna Gable, Brayden Ballman, Amalia Tufts, and Cade Tufts. She is also survived by her sister, Margaret Bohstedt of Williamsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her siblings, Esther, Marie, Walter, Mabel, Carl, George, Henry, Florence and Ella.
Leah Wilhelmina Behrens was born May 25, 1912 in Deep River, Iowa, the daughter of William and Mary Rank Behrens. She graduated from Deep River High School in 1929 and received her teaching degree from Iowa State Teachers’ College in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Erwin John Maas on August 3, 1933 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Victor. Minnie worked at Killian’s Department Store in Cedar Rapids as a clerk and model. She assisted her husband on the farm while raising her daughters. She later worked at Ben Franklin as a store clerk, and a secretary at Maas Real Estate and Schantz Basket and Broom Shop in West Amana.
Minnie was active in her community, always willing to help others. She served as a 4-H leader for 2 years, was treasurer of Ladies Aid at St. John’s in Homestead, and later was treasurer for St. Paul Ladies Guild in Williamsburg. She also was a reader to preschool children. Minnie enjoyed needlework, embroidering dresser scarves for relatives and friends, and made quilts, one for every grandchild. She enjoyed her friends and played bridge until a month prior to moving to the nursing home.
Mother was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who was strong in her faith and loving to many. She will be dearly missed by all. The family wishes to thank all of Minnie’s friends and the Highland Ridge staff for all the care and support given during her failing health.