Elmer Frank Maass, 96, of Remsen, Iowa, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in Le Mars, Iowa.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS in Remsen, with Pastor Garret Kasper officiating. Burial will follow at the Remsen Community Cemetery. Visitation with family present, keeping to social distancing restrictions will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Viewing will resume 1 hour prior to the funeral on Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church LCMS. If you are unable to attend you may send Condolences and watch the funeral online at www.fischfh.com
Elmer was born on September 8, 1923 on the family farm near Remsen. He was the son of Frank Arnold Maass and Marie Catherine (Erichsen). Elmer was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith at Christ Lutheran Church where he was a life long member. He attended the Remsen Country School #2 in rural Plymouth County.
He was united in marriage to Alma Garrels on December 17, 1946 at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen, Iowa. They enjoyed 71 years of marriage prior to Alma’s passing in April of 2018.
His love for the farming life was evident in his care for the land and his livestock. He also enjoyed bowling on several teams through the years, fishing, playing pinochle with his friends watching and listening to all the Hawkeye games and attending his grandson’s baseball games and track meets. Dad was a very kind and humble man that always saw the best in each person. He instilled a work ethic in his children and grandchildren and to always do their best!
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Pamela (Dr. Thomas) Jeneary, of Le Mars, Iowa; two sons, Brian (Janell) Maass of Iowa City, Iowa, and Dean Maass of Le Mars, Iowa, daughter-in-law, Miyoko Maass of Saitama, Japan; Six grandchildren, Dr. Greg (Anne) Jeneary, Phillip (Lindee) Jeneary, Julia (Julio Mina) Maass, Monica Maass, Kristi and Alex Maass; Five great- grandchildren: Megan and Jacob Jeneary, Raegan and Carson Jeneary and Masaki Mina Maass. Sisters-in-law, Judith Maass of Paullina, Iowa and Judy Maass of Urbandale, Iowa and many nieces and nephews.
Elmer was preceded in death by his wife Alma in 2018, parents, Frank and Marie Maass, son, Jerry Maass and grandsons Steven and Michael Jeneary; sisters, Dorothy (Glen) Robinson, Helen (George) Bottjen and Ruth (Burton) Anderson; brothers, Wayne Maass and Roy Maass; sisters-in-law, Edna(Herman) Bucholz and Elvira (Alfred) Wilken and Faye Maass.
Casket bearers will be Larry, Robert & Roger Anderson, Terry & Barry Maass, Steve & Scott Pratt.
Memorials in Elmer’s name may be directed to Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen, Iowa S.I.D.S. Foundation and Hospice of Siouxland.