Bernice May Maas, age 87, of St. Paul, formerly of Howard Lake (wife of the late Rev. Edwin Maas), passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, of complications from COPD.
Bernice was born May 1, 1927, in St. Paul, and grew up in the Frederic/Clam Falls area of Wisconsin.
She attended a one-room elementary school in Frederic, and went on to get a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Bethesda Hospital Nursing School in St. Paul.
Bernice spent her adult life as an Army wife. Her husband, Edwin, was a chaplain. The family spent time in Germany, and the southwestern United States.
When Edwin retired from the Army, they settled in Howard Lake, where Edwin served as head pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake for eight years (1976 to 1984). Following this calling, they returned “home” to St. Paul.
Bernice is survived by four children: Susan (Christopher Moeller), Paul (Carolyn), Peter (Mary Beth), and Roger (Kari Figenskau); and nine grandchildren: in Minnesota, Jenny Moeller (Tom Christ), Steffen Moeller (Jennifer), Caid Goodwin, and Keil Figenskau-Wiley; in Tennesee, Laura Faye, Sophia Roxanna, and Celeste Marie; and in Omaha, Josephine Ellen and Charles Peter.
Bernice loved and cherished many family members and friends. Her heart was huge and her hospitality boundless. She will be missed by many.
A memorial service took place Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Memorials are preferred to Plymouth Christian Youth Center, Minneapolis; or to the local hospice service of your choice.