Fritz O. Maass, beloved husband, son, brother, father and friend, passed away May 1, 2014 in Petaluma. He was born on June 15, 1925 in Germany to Marie and Eric Maass. He emigrated in 1927 with his parents, brother William and sister Elli Maass Wodrich (all preceding him in death) to Penngrove where the family became chicken ranchers.
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A 1943 graduate of Petaluma High School, Fritz joined the U.S. Navy. A member of "the Greatest Generation," he served in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II. As a signalman, he took the message for a son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was serving in the same carrier group, informing him of the death of his father.
Shortly before the end of the war, Fritz married his high school sweetheart, Jean Joseph, on July 2, 1945 in Petaluma. Fritz is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Jean of Petaluma, his children: James (Nancy) of Sparks, NV and Carol (Robert) Zumwalt of Moraga; his grandchildren: Hayden (Sylvie) Zumwalt of Antioch, Benjamin (Wendy) Zumwalt of Oakland, Eric Maass of Reno, NV and Karen Maass of Reno, NV; and his niece and nephew, Nancy (Larry) Justis of Fresno, and Stephen Wodrich of North Carolina.
Fritz was a retired member of the Retail Clerks and worked for 30 years for Purity Markets and for six years for Food City. He lived most of his adult life in Petaluma. He was a member of the Petaluma United Methodist Church, the Petaluma DX and Experimenter Society HAM radio club ("the key is silent" for WB6VGY), SIRS #58, and the camera club. He was an ardent fan of the San Francisco Giants since 1958. In retirement, Fritz and Jean enjoyed taking many trips around the United States and several trips to Europe, Fiji, Tahiti, Australia and New Zealand.
Fritz was a wonderful husband, dad, dad-in-law, uncle, grandfather, and an all-around "good guy." He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Donations in memory of Fritz may be made to Hospice of Petaluma or
. Per his request, there will be no services.
Published in Petaluma Argus-Courier from May 8 to June 7, 2014