Pat Maasch had a smile and time for everyone she encountered.
“I never knew her to be angry or stressed. Her cup was always half full. She always had a smile. She was very optimistic. She loved her family. She loved her Lord and that was really reflected in everything that she did,” said Jean Hundertmark, who met Maasch about 15 years ago.
Hundertmark, of Clintonville, and Don Morgan, the mayor of Weyauwega, talked about Maasch and her impact in the wake of her death.
Maasch passed away at her home in Weyauwega on Nov. 29. She was 80.
“First of all, it is very hard to separate the lives of Dr. Lloyd and Pat Maasch. They were a husband and wife team who spent the majority of their adult lives as ambassadors of Weyauwega. If there is anybody I would think of as Mr. and Mrs. Weyauwega it would be the Maaschs,” Morgan said.
He said, “Pat was a perfect example of a Christian wife. Her whole life was built around serving her husband and family as well as the Weyauwega community. Her faith in her God never wavered, to my knowledge, even after losing three children who were young in age.”
In 1965, Morgan became a Sinclair fuel oil supplier, and the Maaschs purchased fuel oil from him for their home until his retirement from the business in 1999.
Beginning in 1965, Morgan also supplied fuel to the Maasch Clinic until Lloyd Maasch retired and sold the clinic.
“In 1967, Bev and I purchased our present home adjacent to the Maasch Clinic, and Dr. Maasch became our family physician, and he delivered two of our children. It was during those precious years I became well acquainted with the Maasch family,” Morgan said.
Hundertmark said, “She was there with Lloyd (who passed away on Aug. 13, 2009) and took care of him. She was everyone’s friend, everyone’s mother.”
She said they did much for the type of health care people in Waupaca County receive.
“They did so much for the New London hospital, the Waupaca hospital, area nursing homes,” Hundertmark said. “They wanted to make sure Waupaca County had the best health care it could have.”
Both Hundertmark and Morgan also talked about Pat Maasch’s involvement in the Republican Party.
“Pat Maasch and her husband were deeply involved in the Republican Party, and they became mentors to Bev and I on conservative values. It was through our friendship with the Maaschs that Bev and I became supporters of our state 40th District Representatives Francis (Brownie) Byers, William Lorge, and Jean Hundertmark.
“Due to the encouragement of Pat and Dr. Maasch, as well as Brownie Byers, I joined the Waupaca Republican Party. It was also with the encouragement of Pat Maasch and Representative Lorge that I was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Waupaca County Republican Party.
“It was at these meetings I realized that Pat was always on hand for phone banks, parades, fair booth or literature drops. Whenever there was anything going on relative to the Republican Party, I would almost always see Pat Maasch working with the group,” Morgan said.
It was through the Waupaca County Republican Party that Hundertmark, who served as the representative of the state’s 40th Assembly District for eight years, got to know Maasch.
“She and Lloyd had always been extremely active. She was still very active after he passed away last year,” Hundertmark said. “It was a real joy working with her as an officer for the party.”
Hundertmark said it was an honor to know Maasch and that she misses her.
“She touched everyone in a special way,” Hundertmark said.