Mr. Walter B. Maas, 89, of Presque Isle, and formerly of Waterford, passed away at Waterford Senior Living on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He was born Aug. 27, 1923, to Thomas and Gertrude (Ullmann) Maas of Waterford. He married Catherine Rucht April 28, 1945. He was a lifetime member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Waterford and a member of St Rita’s Parish in Presque Isle. He was a World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force as a Second Lieutenant. He was a member of the American Legion, Post #20. He retired as owner and operator of Maas & Sons in 1986. Walter dedicated his life to service. At St. Thomas he served as trustee for 25 years and was on the cemetery committee for 35 years. Wally volunteered at the dialysis unit at Howard Young Medical Center for 8-½ years. As a member of St Rita’s he served as trustee for 6 years. He was a Racine County 4-H Tractor Leader for 33 years. As a member of the Wisconsin Water Well Association, Wally was president for one year and on the board of directors for 10 years and was awarded a lifetime membership.
He is survived by seven daughters, Pam (Jim) Herman of Waunake, Linda (Everret) Waldron of Franksville, Teri (Steve) Penzenstadler of Rosendale, Pat (Bob) Gerber of Rochester, Margie (David) Druce of Portage, JoAnn (Ed) Chart of Rochester, and Lori (Jim) Thomas of Burlington; three sons, Edward (Bonnie) Maas of Poynette, Bill (Cathy) Maas of Spooner and Rick (Mary) Maas of Farmington, Minn.; one son-in-law, Steve Dlugopolski of Wisconsin Rapids; 30 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty (Richard) Rehberg of Burlington, and Dorothy Bauman of Florida; one sister-in-law, Dorothy (Daniel) Dooley of Presque Isle.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Maas; two daughters, Mary Kay Maas and Trudy Dlugopulski; one grandson, Thomas Dlugopulski; two sons-in-law, Richard Waldron and David Fuerstenberg; one brother, Fred Maas; one sister-in-law, Bernadette Maas; and one brother-in-law, Chuck Bauman.
Funeral services was held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Monday, Feb. 25 6:30 p.m., with Rev. Eugene Doda officiating.
Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery Tuesday, Feb. 26. Visitation was in the church Monday, Feb. 25, 3:15 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial suggestions would be to St. Thomas Scholarship Fund, Howard Young Dialysis Center in Woodruff, and St Luke’s Cardiac Research Center in Milwaukee or a charity of your choice.
A very special thank you to Waterford Senior Living and Gentiva Hospice Care, their nurses and staff for all the loving care they gave to dad in his time of need.
Mealy Funeral Home of Waterford is handling the arrangements.