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Bertha E. Haas

Bertha E. Haas of Rifle died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, at Community Hospital in Grand Junction. She was 90.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Rocky Mountain Baptist Church, 22026 Highway 6 in Rifle, with Doug McClaskey officiating.

She was born Bertha Elizabeth Schaeffer on Sept. 6, 1913, in Delta to Katherine “Katie” Biel and John Schaeffer. In four years of schooling at the Antlers School, she got through the eighth grade. Her parents died while she was young, and she lived in many places working the sugar beets and taking care of people’s homes. She later became a personal assistant to the owner of the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.



She married Ernest A. Haas on May 15, 1948. He owned and operated the Haas Coal Mine, and Mrs. Haas handled all the books for the mine. Her husband preceded her in death in 1963.

Mrs. Haas also worked as a waitress and fountain clerk for the drugstore in Rifle.



She was a member of the Rebekah and Moose lodges in Rifle.

She loved all crafts, and proudly made 27 porcelain dolls for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed crocheting, beading and embroidery, and used these skills to make gifts for family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by brothers Alexander Shaffer, Jacob “Jake” Shaeffer and Theodore G. Schaeffer (they each adopted a different spelling of the family name); and by a daughter, Jean Haas Carmen.

Mrs. Haas is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cathy A. and David Raley of Rifle; by grandchildren J.D., Stormy, Ernie, Bruce and Ladd; and by nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Baptist Church, 22026 Highway 6, Rifle, CO 81650.

McLean Funeral Home in Palisade is in charge of arrangements.


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