ELGIN, Texas - Lois Maas-Gerlach of Elgin, formerly of Salamanca, N.Y., peacefully passed away on March 8, 2014, after a brief illness.
Born April 5, 1920, in Buffalo, N.Y., Lois moved with her husband to Salamanca in 1949. She lived most recently in Elgin after living several years in Plant City, Fla., and West End, N.C.
She will always be remembered for her warm, gracious smile that was comforting to all and her unselfish nature. A former bookkeeper at Park Pharmacy and Pal Precision Co., she was also a Girl Scout leader and community volunteer in many charitable events. Lois loved music, the outdoors and was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player. She was also generous to many animal protection organizations.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert A. Maas; later husband, Howard Gerlach; and a guardian daughter, Melanie Horton Hubbard.
Affectionately known as "Mama Maas" she was a friend and good listener for all that knew her and cared especially for neighborhood kids and those in need.
Mrs. Maas-Gerlach is survived by a son, Robert (Rena) Maas of Elgin; and two daughters, Lora (Tim) Oyler of Little Valley and Suzanne (Ray) Sears of Tampa, Fla. Also surviving are guardian children she helped to raise, Dr. Sidney (Angie) Horton of Salamanca, Helen (Gerard) Stokes of Ellicottville, N.Y., and Diane (Reggie Smith) Cruzen of Fayettville, N.C. She was also host mom in 1964 to foreign exchange student Maria (ZeZe) Moyeses Leme da Silva of Bauru, Brazil. She was grandmother to eight, great-grandmother to six, and had several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to any animal care or protection organization of the donor's choice. A memorial celebration of her life will take place in Salamanca in the spring.