Karin Maas, of Brook Park, formerly of Fridley, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at her home. She was 72 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Braham with Fr. Don Wagner officiating.
MEMORIAL VISTIATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
ROSARY SERVICE will begin at 10:00 am on Friday at the church.
INURNMENT will be at the Brook Park Catholic Cemetery
Karin Heil Maas, of Brook Park, Minnesota, formerly of Fridley, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 72 years old.
Karin was preceded in death by her parents; husband George; and an infant son.
She is survived by her children Thomas, Andrew (Sherri), Rick (Candi) and Heidi Maas; grandchildren Melanie, Bethany, Mitchell, Hunter, Jacob and Jordyn; sister Lore Creter; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Karin was an avid gardener and bird watcher. Oftentimes she could be found puttering in her flower garden in the front of the house or filling the numerous bird feeders scattered around the property. She always told the boys “don’t forget to feed my birds!”
The grandkids referred to Karin as the “chicken lady.” It gave Karin great joy to raise chicks from babies to egg layers. The chickens were named according to personality and she talked to them daily as she fed them. Karin referred to the chickens as her daily therapy. The family became accustomed to seeing Karin in the chicken coop gathering eggs and feeding the chickens. When visiting Karin as we were walking out the door at the end of the visit the standard comment was “don’t forget your eggs!”
Karin was a member of a German club in the local area. These ladies held a special place in Karin’s heart. They are all from different parts of Germany and each speaks a different dialect. Karin held many social events for the German ladies at her house and attended events at the other ladies’ houses, including dress-up parties, birthday parties, Oktoberfest parties and the like. It is a running joke in the family that Karin and her friends spoke “Germlish,” a combination of German and English, especially when they counted.
Karin was very involved in the community and volunteerism was her vocation. She was heavily involved in the church and with the church ladies group and volunteered time at the local thrift shop in Braham, Tusen Tack, where she enjoyed spending many hours with her friends sorting through donations and helping people.
Karin’s beloved dog, Lucy, came to visit her before she passed away. Lucy is a story in herself. She belonged to one of the ladies in the German club who passed away and the ladies in the club did not want Lucy to have to be put in the pound so Karin “inherited” Lucy. Lucy and Karin were joined at the hip. Karin rarely went anywhere without Lucy and Lucy was always found sitting in Karin’s lap when the kids came to visit. Tom gave Lucy her nickname “Killer” which the kids and Karin giggled over as she is a Cockapoo and weighs about 10 lbs. The German ladies will again take Lucy into their circle and love and care for her as Karin did.
Each of the grandkids was the apple of Karin’s eye. Karin attended as many of their sporting and school events as she was able, including graduations, swimming, karate, dance, cross country, soccer, National Honor Society events and the like. She took copious pictures of the kids and made photo albums for them as they grew. We will miss Karin terribly.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Braham with Fr Don Wagner officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with a Rosary Service beginning at 10:00 am at the church. Music will be provided by Joni Nelson. Honorary Urn bearers will be Karin’s grandchildren. Inurnment will be in the Brook Park Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.