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Rita H Maasen

Rita H. Maasen, age 94 of Linn, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Linn Living and Rehab Center.

Rita was born on April 2, 1922, in Argyle, a daughter to the late Stephen and Margaret (Boeckmann) Schwartze.

Rita attended Renneke Grade School and graduated from Westphalia High School in 1939.

On August 5, 1944, she was united in marriage to Ambrose J. Maasen in Coeur d'Lane, Idaho. He preceded her in death on August 7, 1986.

Rita and her husband were livestock farmers and MFA Insurance agents for 29 years retiring in 1976.

Rita was a member of St. George Catholic Church, St. Ann's Sodality where she served with the bereavement committee for 30 years and VFW Post #4756 Ladies Auxiliary.

She enjoyed gardening, needlework, playing bingo, always up for playing dominoes and a good card game. Rita was an excellent cook famous for her cinnamon rolls and homemade pies.

Rita is survived by: one son, Ron Maasen and his wife Carla of Madison, AL; one daughter, Judy Blank and her husband Doug of Siloam Springs, AR; seven grandchildren, Mike (Tammy) Maasen, Steve (Lynne) Maasen, Jason (Lisa) Maasen, Meghan Maasen, Kathy (Trey) Ferguson, John (Melissa) Blank and Karen (Josh) Filer; twelve great grandchildren and one expected in March 2017; one sister, Catherine Schwartze of St. Louis; a sister-in-law, Ruth Roederer of Mission, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by: four brothers, August, Frank, Albert and Bernard Schwartze; six sisters, Mary Koehne, Emma Hagen, Christine Renneke, Frances Steinman, Teresa Schwartze, and Sophie Schepker.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Morton Chapel in Linn.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at St. George Catholic Church in Linn with Fr. Daniel Merz as the celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. George Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. George Capital Campaign Fund and St. Mary's Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)


Saturday, September 10, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Morton Chapel
911 E. Main St.
Linn, Missouri 65051-9781


Sunday, September 11, 2016
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Morton Chapel
911 E. Main St.
Linn, Missouri 65051-9781

Mass of Christian Burial

Sunday, September 11, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

St George Catholic Church
611 E. Main St
Linn, MO 65051


Sunday, September 11, 2016
5:15 PM

St George Catholic Cemetery
12th Street
Linn, Mo 65051

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We offer our thoughts and prayers to your family. Aunt Rita was a very special person with a smile that filled your heart. I am sure that she added extra light to heaven when she arrived. I share the memories that my brothers Don and Jim have added to this guest book. The Maasen farm was a special place because Aunt Rita, Uncle Ambrose, Ron and Judy made it that way. You felt great from the minute you arrived. There was great food, lots of laughs, mom and Rita gossiping in German, baseball games and the Dairy Queen where a Sundae was so big that it lasted until Monday! Aunt Rita and my mom, Sophie, made a quilt for me on one of her visits to St. Louis. A true labor of love. I am lucky to have it. Aunt Rita and Uncle Ambrose were my godparents. Lucky me. I am sure that means that they are putting a good word in for me in heaven! Elaine and John Arthur

Elaine & John Arthur Sep 9 2016 12:00 AM

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Aunt Rita. At the same time, we are happy she will be re-united with Uncle Ambrose. They have been separated for far too long. We have many fond memories of our childhood visits to Linn, and of Aunt Rita and her wonderful cinnamon rolls and other great food. The hospitality extended to us by Uncle Ambrose and Aunt Rita on our visits was always outstanding. They always made us feel so welcome! Similar fond memories of their visits to STL in the summer, which invariably included a Cardinals' game and more good food. Aunt Rita, you will be missed. Thanks for the memories and remember us to Uncle Ambrose. I can see the big smile on his face when you are together again!

Don & Marge Schepker Sep 8 2016 12:00 AM

We are deeply saddened by Aunt Rita's passing -- and overjoyed that she is now reunited with Uncle Ambrose. The Schepker clan from St. Louis will always cherish our childhood weekend visits to the Maasen farm in Linn. Aunt Rita and Uncle Ambrose always listened to us, talked to us, and offered wise advice. We especially remember our late-Friday arrivals to the farm, with Aunt Rita always ready with platters of fried eggs and pancakes. And the barns, the small pond above the farm house, and those rolling open fields were spectacular playgrounds for us city kids where we learned valuable lessons about life and family. We will all be forever indebted to Aunt Rita and Uncle Ambrose for their many kindnesses and loving care. Jim and Anita Schepker

Jim and Anita Schepker Sep 8 2016 12:00 AM