SLEEPY?EYE - Mildred Maas, age 90, of Sleepy Eye, died on Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye, MN.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, MN.
Burial will be at Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye, MN.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye with visitation continuing on Wednesday from 9:30--10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye, MN. On-line condolence may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Mildred Pauline Christensen Maas was born on March 10, 1922 in Cottage Grove, MN, the daughter of Christen and Tina (Jensen) Christensen. They moved to the Evan area, and she attended Morgan schools. She graduated from Normal training in Lamberton, MN. On June 16, 1943, she was married to Gilbert Maas at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Evan. After marriage they farmed in Milford Township until retirement. Mildred taught several years, worked at Janet's Gift Shop in Sleepy Eye, and then at her daughter's store String and Things - for 22 years until 2001. She was very active in volunteer activities and was a member of the Progressive Homemakers Extension group, Sleepy Eye American Field Service, the Sleepy Eye Women's club, Sleepy Eye Historical Society, a 4-H leader for the Sleepy Eye Wide Awakes, and the Red Hat Society. Mildred was very active in her church as the president of the Ladies Aid Society for many years, as a choir member, and as MLC contact person for St. John's. She was honored in 2006 for 43 years of service to the American Red Cross as a Blood Bank co-chairman, and she was a volunteer driver for Heartland Express. She loved to entertain and served meals to family and friends. She had a green thumb and could coax any seedling to grow and flourish. Her hobbies were many - including crafts, counted cross stitch, music and playing piano. She was very proud of her Danish Heritage. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Mildred is survived by her daughters, Jeanne (Ron) Lorensberg of Mankato, LeAnn (Brad) Berkner of Sleepy Eye; sons, Robert (Melissa) Maas of Sleepy Eye and William (Janice) Maas; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; twin brother, Milo (Arlene) Christensen of Morgan; a brother, Chris Christensen of Morgan; brothers-in-law. Lester (Lois) Maas of Sleepy Eye and Donald Radel of Evan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Gilbert in 2007; and a son Brian in infancy.