Mildred Maas, age 90 of Sleepy Eye died on Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Sleepy Eye Care Center in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye with visitation continuing on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. Burial will be at Home Cemetery in Sleepy Eye. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. 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, 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. 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 Homemaker’s Extension group, Sleepy Eye American Field Service, the Sleepy Eye Woman’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, in the choir and as the 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 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, playing piano and 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.