Bernard "Barney" Mauss

Bernard James “Barney” Mauss, 99, of New Albin died Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Thornton Manor in Lansing. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, October 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Albin, with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. Burial followed at the St Joseph Catholic Cemetery, New Albin.
Bernard was born September 21, 1915 in rural New Albin to George and Florence (Hammell) Mauss. Some of his fondest childhood memories were of working with his aunt, Minnie Donovan Sattler, on a farm near Freeburg where he attended a nearby country school for a time.
Bernard attended school in New Albin and in his early years worked for Fish Severson in Lansing delivering oil.  He also worked for Mendenhall Lumber in New Albin for many years before working on his own as a skilled carpenter. Barney built many new homes in Allamakee and Houston Counties. In addition, he and his mother, Florence, operated Mauss Hatchery in New Albin for 19 years.
He married Lucille Troendle in Lansing June 20, 1939. Barney and Lucille loved dancing, especially to the Toe-Tappers, and always enjoyed a good game of euchre.  His pride and joy in his retirement was his beautiful and bountiful, weed-free garden.
Survivors include six children, Mary Benson of New Albin, Doris (Charles) Berns of Harpers Ferry, Pat Wellendorf of Lansing, Larry (Debbie) Mauss of La Crosse, WI, Rita (Jim) Sanchez of La Crosse, WI and Dale (Lori) Mauss of New Albin; 27 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Mark Mauss of Waukon; two sisters-in-law, Laurayne Mauss of New Albin and Alberta Troendle of Lansing; numerous nieces and nephews; and a very special great-niece/caregiver, Donna Mahr, whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille; his son, David; his  brothers, Fred and Connie Mauss; and two sons-in-law, Jim Benson and Jim Wellendorf.
Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing assisted the family with arrangements.