Valera Mae (Tiahrt) Maisch
Valera Mae (Tiahrt) Maisch, born May 24th, 1918, in Aberdeen, Idaho, to Henry and Nettie Tiahrt, passed peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2015, in Rifle, Colorado. Valera (Val) married her high school sweetheart Fred Maisch in November 1939. She and Fred resided in Aberdeen, where they farmed and later both worked for the University of Idaho Agriculture Research Extension Center. Following their retirement they spent a number of years wintering in Scottsdale, AZ, until 1993 when they moved to Battlement Mesa, CO.
Val’s interests included watching college and professional basketball on TV, reading Christian literature and playing her beloved card games including her favorite game of duplicate bridge. She was an active member and servant of the Grand Valley Methodist Church in Parachute, CO, and the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen, ID.
Val is survived by her sister, Joyce Voshell, of Idaho Falls, ID, and her children: Roger of Aberdeen, ID; Sue Maisch (Jim Seibert) of Glenwood Springs, CO; David Maisch (Jeannie) of Olathe, KS; and Judith Shackelford, of Boise, ID. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceding Val in death were her parents, Nettie and Henry; a sister, Betty Lou; a brother, Kenneth; a daughter, Mary Ann Jessup (Don Jessup, St George, UT); and her best friend and most loving husband, Fred.
Val will be most remembered for her quick wit, her unconditional love and compassion for others, her forthrightness and most importantly her deep love for God. She will be loved and missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at the Grand Valley United Methodist Church In Parachute, CO, Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 11:00 am.
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