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Marie Hass

Marie H. Hass, age 100, of Holstein, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society of Holstein.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:30 PM at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein with the Pastor Bob Lewis officiating.  Burial was at the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein.

Marie Henrietta Hass — Mother, Grandmother, Great -Grandmother, Prize-Winning Cook, & Survivor of Depression — passed away December 27, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society of Holstein.

Some of the family helped her celebrate her birthday in November, 2018 and when asked, Marie replied, “I am 100 years old.”

Marie was born November 23, 1918 in Kingsley, IA, the eldest child of Otto Carl Nicholaus Drews and Edna (Kistenmacher) Drews.  They moved to a farm NW of Holstein.  Marie was confirmed at St.Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein.

At age 4, she started Country School at Mimor #9.  She graduated Salutatorian of Holstein High School, class of 1935 when she was 16 years old.

“Midge” (her nickname in high school) then attended Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, graduating in 1937.  Then, she taught at a Griggs Country School near Holstein, Iowa.

Marie and her husband, Arnold Hass, met at a dance in Ida Grove.   On Jan 1, 1941 they were united in marriage at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holstein, Iowa.

Marie and Arnold farmed over 50 years in Battle Township, four miles southeast of Cushing, Iowa.

Marie enjoyed cooking, collecting recipes, cooking contests, reading, crossword puzzles, gardening and sewing.  She was very passionate about raising chickens.

She showed her love to family and friends by her extraordinary letter writing/penmanship and sending cards for special occasions.

Marie was a 4-H leader and an active member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church including WELCA, Circle and Sewing days.

In her earlier days, she volunteered at the Good Samaritan Home, reading stories to the residents.   She especially liked music, her piano, and singing hymns.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Arnold; her son James; her granddaughter Tammy Anfinson; her brothers Harry and Elmer; her sister Mildred Gesell; sisters-in-law Effie Scherner, Myrtle Goettsch and Marie C. Hass; and brothers-in-law Raymond Goettsch, Clarence Scherner, Alfred Hass Jr. and Al Gesell.

Those remaining to cherish her memory include her daughters, Marva Abel Knoedel (Richard) of Iowa City, IA and Donna Anfinson of St Paul, MN; grandchildren Sandra Abel (Andy Cilek), Tim Abel (Micki Gylten), Tania Hass, Jacob Hass (Genn) and Dustin Hass (Karen); great-grandchildren Drew Hagen, Jack & Owen Abel, Hannah, Claire, and Isla Hass; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

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