Marie Henrietta (Drews) Hass

November 23, 1918 ~ December 27, 2018 (age 100)

Marie H. Hass, age 100, of Holstein, passed away on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society of Holstein.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 05, 2019 at 1:30 PM at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Holstein with the Pastor Bob Lewis officiating.  Burial will be at the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein.  A visitation will be held on Friday, January 04, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home 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, IA.

Marie and 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, Holstein, IA.     Marie and Arnold farmed over 50 years in Battle Township, four miles SE of Cushing, IA.  

Marie enjoyed cooking, collecting recipes, cooking contests, reading, crossword puzzles, gardening and sewing.  Plus 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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