Stephen “Steve” Maassen, 71, died on Sept. 24, 2017, at home following many years of illness. He was born on Oct. 18, 1945, to Norman and Garnette Pickard Maassen in Vandalia, Ill., but was raised primarily in Oklahoma and considered Tonkawa his home.
He graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma University with a Bachelor of Science in medical technology. After working several years for Indian Health Services, he returned to college and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in public health administration. He then worked at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City and finished his career with St. Francis Hospital in Topeka, Kan., retiring in 1999 due to health issues.
Following retirement, he became a very active member of Countryside United Methodist Church. He sang in the choir, served on many committees and boards and loved his “work” with the church. He also sang with Shawnee Choral Society when his health allowed.
He married Cathy Almy in December 1974 and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Stephanie Rohr, Jim Almy and Laura Martin, in addition to four beloved grandchildren. He is also survived by his three feline fur babies.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother-in-law, Charlette and Ed Buzzi.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Countryside United Methodist Church. A visitation was held one hour prior to service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Countryside Forever Foundation, 3221 SW Burlingame Rd., Topeka, KS 66611 or Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 801 Roeder Rd. Ste 750, Silver Springs, MD 20910.
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