Aletha Maas, 91, of Corsica, SD passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Corsica. Funeral Services are 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Harrison Christian Reformed Church. A Committal Service will follow at Harrison Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Friday, January 24, 2014 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Aletha’s honor may be directed to: Dakota Christian School, 37614 SD Hwy 44, Corsica, SD 57328 or American Bible Society, P.O. Box 96812, Washington, D.C. 20090-6812.
Aletha (Lefers) Maas was born on July 13, 1922 to Harm and Hulda (Nieuwenhuis) Lefers in Douglas County, SD. She attended Garden Valley Christian School and graduated from Corsica High School in 1942. She was employed at Ooms Grocery Store in Corsica, SD before marrying. On December 4, 1946 Aletha was united in marriage to Ted Maas in Douglas County. Together they farmed west of New Holland, then in Garden Valley before retiring in Corsica.
Aletha was a member of the Harrison Christian Reformed Church where she taught Sunday School and participated in Ladies Aid. She was active in Coffee Break Bible Study, Crossroads Prison Ministry, Mississippi Christian Family Services and Dakota Auxiliary. She enjoyed attending Bible Study, gardening, knitting and crocheting. Aletha devoted her life to raising her five daughters – her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to her.
Grateful for having shared in Aletha’s life: her husband of more than 67 years, Ted Maas of Corsica, SD; 5 daughters and 13 grandchildren: Jean and Don McMillan of Pittsburgh, PA, Philip (Miriam) McMillan, Kyle McMillan; Delores and John Keizer of Rapid City, SD, Andrew (Rebekah) Keizer, Robert (Tracy) Keizer, Joel (Hillary) Keizer; Cheryl and Bill Bunting of Springfield, CO, Cordell (Becky) Baan Hofman, Justin (Cora) Baan Hofman, Amanda (Steve) Tilley; Marilyn and Dan Derks of Dyer, IN, Carla (Chris) Huang, Katie (Tim) Geeve, Patti (TJ) Slager; Leanne and Chuck Augustine of New Town, PA, Matthew Augustine, David Augustine; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl (Darlene) Lefers of Corsica, SD; and two sisters: Ruth (Doc) Jongsma of Corsica, SD and Muriel (Howard) Hooyer of Cutlerville, MI.
Aletha was preceded in death by her parents, Harm and Hulda Lefers and two great-granddaughters: Kaylee Derks and Camryn Slager.