Vera M. Hass

Vera M. Hass, age 79, of Montrose, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

Vera was born March 22, 1918, the second child of Albert and Emma Hayes. The family lived near Montrose, and Vera and her sister Lillian attended the elementary school there until they moved closer to Howard Lake.

Vera graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1936. Upon graduation, she wanted to be a flight attendant but was too tall - you had to be 5 foot 4 inches or shorter. She took a job in Waverly working for Hiney Franske at his grocery store, and lived in an apartment over the store part of that time.

She also sometimes worked either as a coat check girl or ticket seller for the dances at the Waverly hall. She had fond memories of the big bands that played for the dances and of groups of friends dashing out the back door of the hall at the end of the night to beat the crowd down to Ray's Place for the best ham sandwiches in town.

Dancing, bowling, making music, and seeing movies were some of her favorite sources of entertainment.

Vera was musically gifted. She never had a lesson, but she played piano, accordion, harmonica and organ. She shared her gift with others by being the church organist at Union Presbyterian church in Waverly for almost 50 years, playing at local functions, and going with Sister Frieda to local nursing homes to play at services there. She often played for her own enjoyment at home, and found great comfort in her piano and organ.

Joseph Hass and Vera Hayes were married June 22, 1948. Their first child was stillborn, but that baby was followed by five healthy children, Richard, Michael, Jerome, Rosemary and John.

Being a farm wife, she put up with a lot. Five active, untidy children, a couple of big farm dogs and a procession of orphaned animals were part of the bargain. She allowed chicks, ducklings, goslings, a bunny and even a piglet named Twinkles into the house, but she drew the line at calves.

The years passed swiftly. Vera taught her children many lessons. She taught them how to garden and grow flowers, to listen to birdsongs, to appreciate beautiful sunsets, to not be afraid of thunderstorms or spiders, and to cook and bake, among many other things.

She taught them about friendship. Everyone was welcome at her house. The Fuller Brush man was treated no less cordially than her best friend. It was not uncommon for the boys or Rosemary to come home and find their teenage friends seated at the kitchen table eating dessert and talking companionably with Vera and Joe. More than one of those friends has said that the Hass house felt like a "second home."

Vera and Joe always grew flowers. Vera won blue ribbons at the county fair with them, arranged them in bouquets to grace her church each Sunday, and gave them away freely to anyone who admired them.

When her sister Lillian went into the catering business, she asked Vera to work with her. For a dozen years or more, Vera worked almost every weekend helping prepare and serve food. Her comfortable manner and ease with people usually put her in charge of the head table and she touched many lives in that way.

The years passed, the children grew up and married and had children of their own. The nine grandchildren ­ Rebecca, Briana, Matthew, Katie, Molly, Michael, Chelsey, Joey and Jennifer ­ were the apples of her eye and she was proud of all of them.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, her husband Joe and her nephew Dale Chapman.

She is survived by her five children, Richard (Diane), Michael (Joanne), Jerry, Rosemary (Kent) Hall, and John (Carla), nine grandchildren, sisters- and brothers-in-law, Harriet Hass, George and Maxine Hass, and Harold Chapman, as well as nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation was Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997 from 4 - 9 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Funeral services were at St. Mary's Church in Waverly Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997 at 1 p.m. with Chuck Risser, officiating. Music was by Patty Munson, organist. Vocalists were Lori Pulvermacher and Lyne Daniels.

Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Waverly. Pallbearers were Ed Claessen, Harvey Hass, Barry Schuettpelz, Harold Schuettpelz, Don Hayes and Dwayne Ordorff.

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