Born: Feb. 21, 1922|
Died: May 8, 2014
ELGIN – Harry Maas, 92, of Elgin, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 8, 2014. He was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Lemont, the son of Rudolph and Ida (nee Sass) Maas. He was united in marriage to Mabel Schrader on Jan. 19, 1946.
Harry and Mabel made their home in rural Downers Grove where they farmed for 20 years. In 1966 they moved their family to their current farm in Plato Township. Along with farming, Harry loved to landscape and started his own tree nursery. Even after "retiring" he remained active working the land and tending his yard and trees. He spent every day mowing grass or riding his gator to keep check on the farm. In recent years unable to get around by himself due to the effects of Alzheimer's, he could still be found riding around the farm and nursery with his caregivers or children.
Throughout his life Harry was a dedicated Christian serving his Church as trustee and financial assistant. When the current church was built in 1994, he visited the site nearly every day taking pictures of all aspects of the construction which he chronicled in a series of photo albums.
Harry is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Mabel, his six children: Marilyn of Elgin, Kenneth (Sharon) of Belleville, Wis., Carol (Paul) Lindstrom of Polo, Alan (Sandra) of Elgin, Leslie of Hampshire and Roger of DeKalb; nine grandchildren, Melissa (Dan) Richardson, Meredith (Casey) Buening, Megan Maas, Matthew Lindstrom, Kayla (Dan) Vereide, Derek Lindstrom, Erica (Octavio) Perez and Joshua (Tori) Maas, David Maas and six great-grandchildren: Zane, Jackson, and Johana Lindstrom and Brayden and Ella Vereide.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister-in-law Alvin and Irene, sister and brother-in-law Myrtle and Ralph Heussner and infant great-grandson Emerson Lindstrom.
The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude and thanks to Homewatch Caregivers of St. Charles, Visiting Angels of South Elgin and Hospice Advantage of Elgin for their friendship, support and loving care of Harry over the past three years.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43W301 Plank Road (1/4 mi. east of Route 47) Hampshire and at the Church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. The funeral service for Harry will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at North Plato Cemetery across from the Church.
Memorials may be directed to St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
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Published in Kane County Chronicle on May 10, 2014