Maurice H. Niehaus 92, of Lake City, MN died peacefully on October 9, 2021 at the Lake City Care Center.
Maurice was born January 16, 1929 at Baileyville, KS to Frank and Mary (Meyer) Niehaus. Maurice attended rural one-room grade schools and graduated from Seneca High School in 1946.
After attending St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, KS for a short time, Maurice was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served thirteen months in Germany and was discharged from active duty, December 23, 1952. Maurice resumed employment in 1953 with J.C. Penney Co. in Concordia, KS in the company’s training program.
On April 11, 1953, Maurice married, Gladys Korte, daughter of Albert and Mary Wessel Korte at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Kelly, KS. They made their home in Concordia, where three sons joined the family before Maurice was transferred to Topeka, KS in 1957 to be the Shoe Department Manager of the downtown J.C. Penney Co. store. Topeka was a great experience business-wise and family-wise as two sons and two daughters joined the busy household.
In 1962, Maurice joined the sales force of New York Life Ins. Where after transferring to the sales support area of the company, he was assigned to the Cedar Rapids, IA General Office for two years prior to a new assignment to the St. Paul General Office in Minnesota. In 1980 Maurice was assigned to the Milwaukee, WI General Office from which he retired in 1986. Maurice and Gladys then returned to Minnesota and have been enjoying their retirement years in Lake City, MN.
Maurice, the oldest in the family, child of the depression, and product of the one room rural grade school system was always expected to do his best. He expected the same from others, family, friends and co-workers. He was most proud of the accomplishments of each of their seven children. For many years, summer vacations were family camping trips to the Colorado Rockies, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Canadian parks. More recently, Maurice and Gladys enjoyed cruising to Hawaii, Alaska and to the Caribbean. Motor trips to the West Coast and Canadian Rockies made for enjoyable retirement years.
Maurice is survived by his wife Gladys of Lake City; their children, sons, Steve (Carol) of Rothschild, WI, Mike (Liz) of Lake Elmo, MN, Jerry (Jenille) of North Branch, MN and Tim (Marlys) of Cottage Grove, MN; daughters, Mary (Jeff) Lundblad of Inver Grove, MN and Linda Niehaus M.D. (Brad Hagen FNP) of Ashland, OR and son, Mark Niehaus of St. Paul, MN; nine grandchildren, eight step grandchildren, six great grandchildren and 13 step great grandchildren; sister, Mary Beth Niehaus O.S.B. of Atchison KS, brother Frank (Jane) Niehaus of Topeka, KS. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Gladys Kayara.
A private family graveside service will be held at St. Mary’s of The Lake Catholic Cemetery in Lake City. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to the Lake City Public Library, Attn: Friends of The Library, 201 S. High St, Lake City, MN 55041 – or – St. Mary’s of The Lake Catholic Church, 419 W. Lyon Ave, Lake City, MN 55041.
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