Edward R. Maschmann
Edward Rudolph Maschmann, 91, Washington, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at his home. Ed was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Washington, the fifth of seven children of Otto Maschmann and wife Octavia, nee Alfermann. He attended St. Francis Borgia Grade School, St. Joseph Seminary in Westmont, Ill., and graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School in 1942. Seven months later, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, H&S Motor Transport Battalion. He served his country during World War II in Tarawa, Saipan, and Nagasaki, from 1943 to 1946. He was united in marriage to Laverne "Blondie"?Kappelmann June 28, 1947, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. They were married for 65 years until her passing in 2013. As a young man, Ed loved to play baseball. After his service in World War II, he played left field for the Washington team. It was then that he was scouted by the New York Giants, something he rarely talked about. He was a newlywed at the time and was reluctant to embark on a career that would take him away from home so often. Instead, he and Blondie remained in Washington and started a family. In 1962, Ed, along with business partners Calvin Bogert and Louis B. Eckelkamp Sr., entered into an agreement to build Cedarcrest Manor nursing home, the first facility of its kind in Washington. It opened in July 1963 with 60 beds. His devotion to Cedarcrest and its residents was all-encompassing. He viewed his position as administrator not as a job, but as a privilege. It was not uncommon for him to get a call in the middle of the night that a resident had passed away or that someone or something in the building required his immediate attention. Nor did he find it an inconvenience to visit with residents during the workday. More than sitting behind a desk, he enjoyed visiting with the residents in their rooms and in the hallways, or joining them in the countless activities always going on, from picnics at the park, back alley wheelchair races, and cooking apple butter to playing Santa Claus or Father Time, crowning Valentine's Day kings and queens, and attending special individual birthday parties for every resident. It certainly wasn't beneath him to mop a floor, help plant flowers around the building, or take a pie in the face at a carnival-themed party. One of his fondest memories was taking some of the residents to his farm in Campbellton for a day of fishing and fun. It was that display of compassion, stopping in his tracks to visit with a resident at any time, no matter how busy he was, that made him more than an administrator. He truly cared about the elderly and their needs, and they knew that. Ed was reluctant to take credit for the nursing home's success. Along with his love for the elderly, he found great satisfaction in working with his staff, and attributed the success of Cedarcrest to them. He knew it was hard work and that few people could do it. He became affectionately known to both staff and residents and their families as "Mr. M."?Ed was administrator for 32 years until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church and was a life member of the Elks and life member of Washington VFW Post 2661. He also served on the Bank of Washington Board of Directors for 38 years until his passing. Ed is survived by two sons, Michael Maschmann and wife Barbara, and Tim Maschmann and wife Carol, all of Washington; two daughters, Julie Maschmann, Washington, and Lisa Hennon and husband Douglas, Jefferson City; one daughter-in-law, Vicki Maschmann, Washington; one brother, Herbert "Corky" Maschmann, Washington; two brothers-in-law, James Filla, Washington, and Wayne Kappelmann and wife Charlene, Springfield; one sister-in-law, Marybeth Haddox, Washington; six grandchildren, Scott Maschmann and wife Lauren, Matthew Maschmann and wife Shauna, Jenna March and husband Nicholas, Edward Maschmann and wife Jennifer, Katharine Holdmeyer and husband Ryan and Olivia Hennon; nine great-grandchildren, and one on the way; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne Maschmann; one son, Daniel Maschmann; his parents, Otto and Octavia Maschmann; five siblings, Ralph Maschmann, Elmer "Wimpy" Maschmann, the Rev. Elvan "Hutty" Maschmann, O.F.M., Luella "Tommy"? Droege and Ina Filla; father-in-law, Clarence Kappelmann; mother-in-law, Bertha Kappelmann; four sisters-in-law, Hilda Maschmann, Adele Maschmann, Mildred Maschmann and Norma Jean Maschmann; and two brothers-in-law, Firmin Droege and Howard "Buddy" Kappelmann. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, Washington. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, Washington, with the Rev. Joseph Wormek officiating. Interment, with full military honors, will follow at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery, Washington. Memorials are preferred to Ed's granddaughter, Olivia Hennon's nonprofit charity that provides gift boxes to children in hospitals, Little Box of Sunshine, P.O. Box 105773, Jefferson City, MO 65110. The Maschmann family is being served by Miller Funeral Home, Washington.
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