Wilma Arlene Maass was born July 6, 1927 on the family farm in Henry Township, rural Remsen, the daughter of John and Ella (Seel) Maass.
She was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen.
On Nov. 25, 1947, Wilma was united in marriage to Joseph Ritchie at Christ Lutheran Church in Remsen.
Wilma and Joe farmed in Union Township for many years until retiring and moving to Le Mars in 2003.
Wilma enjoyed gardening and canning. She always took special pride in her flower garden. Wilma was devoted to her family and cherished the times when the family gathered for visits.
She will be remembered for cooking and baking and making them all feel loved.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Joe, of Le Mars; her four children: Jerry Ritchie and his wife, Gloria of North Liberty, Donna Mowry and her husband, LeRoy of Miami, Mo., Janice Fix and her husband, Ed of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Sharon Pratt and her husband, Al of Le Mars; eight grandchildren: Denise Calef, Jennifer Land, Tina Mowry, Jean Ritchie, Andrew Fix, Alison Pratt, Laura Nicholson, and Emily Fix; four great-grandchildren: Abbey and Karley Land and Jamie and Jason Calef; three brothers: Floyd Maass and his wife, Edna of Colorado Springs, Colo., Arnold Maass and his wife, Sharon of Remsen, and Kenneth Maass and his wife, Bethene of Remsen; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ella (Seel) Maass; a son, Jimmy Ritchie; two sisters: Loretta Nitzschke and Eileen Peppard; and a granddaughter, Jill Mowry.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Tim Geitz officiating. Interment was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hinton. Visitations with the family present was after 5 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation continued Monday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Terry Maass, Steve Niehus, Steve Portz, Jim Ruba, Robert Nitzschke, and Denny Lubben.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.