Dr. Minerva Maas of Gloversville, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019, at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloverville.
Dr. Maas was born September 14, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY and spent her early life there. Later she earned a bachelor’s degree at Valparaiso University, Indiana, a master’s degree at Queens College, New York City and a Doctorate (Ph.D) at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. She also did additional work at the University of Vermont, Brooklyn College, Hunter College and New York University. She was employed for several years as an executive and senior field advisor for the Girl Scouts in the borough of Queens, New York City. Dr. Maas was also employed by the Children’s shelter in Queens. She later taught school, specifically kindergarten, for many years on Long Island where she wrote the words and music for the songs used in the readiness and education programs. Dr. Maas was proud to be able to speak the German language, which was her heritage. Dr. Maas sang in several choirs throughout her life, the latest being at the First Presbyterian Church in Gloversville. She also served as a substitute organist in various churches as needed. She frequently led the singing at the Christmas tree lightings in the city parks in Queens and at other public gatherings. Dr. Maas was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, NYSUT, AFT, BSRTA and other local professional organizations.
Dr. Maas is survived by cousins, Roberta Meyer (Mrs. Thomas Sr.) of Florida and Jennifer Edwards of Alabama; her dog and faithful companion, Gracie; along with many other cousins in New Jersey and Long Island.
Dr. Maas was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Matilda Frederick Maas, along with her sister, Amelia Marie Maas.
Dr. Maas loved dogs and always surrounded herself with several local and loving companions. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, she requested that contributions be sent to the ASPCA at www.aspca.org or any humane society of animal shelter of your choice.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, NY 12078. A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 18. Burial will be in the Union Rural Cemetery, Mayfield, NY immediately following the funeral service.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the family of Dr. Maas at www.brbsfuneral.com.