Walter H. Maass

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Walter H. Maass, 89, of Freeport, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, at AMITA Healthcare in Elk Grove Village. 

He was born on Dec. 7, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to Walter T. and Loretta Dahms Maass. 

On May 8, 1954, he married Gwenneth G. Berns. Walter attended Northwestern University and spent his career in the law departments of the Burlington Route, Milwaukee Road and Soo Line Railroads. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War with the 35th Division, 75th Air Defense. 

He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and the American Legion. He was a willing volunteer for numerous church and community projects through the years. He enjoyed automobiles, working on home projects, and collecting coins, stamps and railroad memorabilia. He was an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan. Most of all, he cherished the time spent with family and friends.

Walter is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Gwenneth; daughter, Kathryn (Michael) Whitted; sons, James and Gregory; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Neil. 

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Freeport. Reverend Kenneth Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at St. Thomas. Internment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Garnavillo, Iowa. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory. Please sign Walter’s guestbook and share a memory at

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