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Frederick J. Maas

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SUNDERLAND -- Frederick J. Maas, age 78, beloved husband of 54 years of Marjorie, died suddenly on March 20, 2007 in Sunderland.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his son, Fred Maas and wife, Helen, of Phillipsburg, N.J.; his daughter, Joanne Maas Locke and husband Jeffrey of Wellesley, Mass.; his daughter, Rita Maas Saks and husband Jeffrey of Chappaqua, N.Y.; his son Joseph Maas and wife, Eileen, of Smithtown, NY; his son George Maas and wife Karlene of Flower Mound, Texas, and his daughter, Maureen Maas of Waltham, Mass. Seven grandchildren also survive their beloved “Papa”: Jim and Katie Sweeney of Wellesley, Mass.; Oliver Saks of Chappaqua, NY; Geoffrey, Connor and Casey Maas of Flower Mound, Texas, and Ian Pohlman of Phillipsburg, N.J. His sister, Jeanne Maas Leonard and her husband Jerry of Edgewater, Fla., also survive him. He was predeceased by his brother George B. Maas and survived by his sister-in-law, Marion Maas, and several nieces and nephews.

Fred and Marjorie retired to Vermont in 1988 after many years of family ski vacations at Mount Snow. Fred spent most of his life on Long Island, born in Jackson Heights and living in Lindenhurst, West Islip and Bay Shore. He was a first lieutenant in the Air Force during the Korean War. He owned Barnacle Bill’s Restaurant in Lindenhurst, a Long Island landmark that was started by his uncle.

Fred’s compassion and caring spirit touched the daily lives of countless neighbors, friends and family. One of the greatest joy’s of his life was baking cookies and breads for them all. Fred also enjoyed playing golf at Southward Ho in Bay Shore and Manchester Country Club in Vermont. He and his wife loved going on Elderhostel’s all over the United States in their retirement. In recent years he volunteered with the Neighbor to Neighbor program and the Community Food Cupboard. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church and was recently called to serve as Eucharistic Minister.

The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by Father John Whalen on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 12 p.m. at St. Paul’s RC Church. Friends are invited to call at Brewster’s Funeral Home 34 Park Place Manchester on Friday, March 23, 2007, from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Wilson House or the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity c/o Brewster Funeral Service PO Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send a personal e-mail to the family please visit http://www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Information provided by the funeral home.

Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2007
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