October 15, 2012


Jan. 26, 1920 - Oct. 17, 2010

The Express-Star


Jan. 26, 1920 - Oct. 17, 2010

Almina  Kasha Maier died when peacefully on October 17, 2010 in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was born in Lost Springs, Kansas.  She graduated from Lost Springs High School and attended college in Emporia, Kansas.  

Almina met her husband, Sylvester, on a blind date.  Sy and Almina were married in a traditional Czech family wedding on June 9, 1941.

Almina and Sy lived on the family farm near Chickasha. Almina worked many hours in the fields, with the cattle,  gardening and cooking.  As a loving mother, Almina insisted that her children’s homework be done, musical instruments be practiced, and  4-H projects completed promptly.

Almina  sang  in the church  choir (often singing solos) and participated on  church committees. She and Sy were supportive of their childrens’ activities.

In 1997, Sy and Almina stopped farming in Oklahoma and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado.  They attended  their grandchildren’s  school events and games.  Almina was awarded a “Best Sports Fan” certificate for her enthusiastic support at games.

Almina  is survived by three children : Sylvester (Syl) of Kona , Hawaii, Marilyn and husband Michael Quirk of Fort Collins;  and Joseph and wife Karen of Bend, Oregon.

Her grand children are Erin Quirk and husband Nathan Danielson of San Francisco; Michael E. Quirk of Loveland, Co.;  Christopher Quirk and wife Marge, Seattle, Wa.;  Ryan Quirk of Columbia, S.C.;  Raina Clayton and husband Geoff of  McMinville, Oregon ; and Erin Holmes of Portland, Or.   Her great grandchildren are Elizabeth and Katie Danielson plus Evelyn Banu,  Annie  and Eowyn Clayton.

There will be a memorial gathering at St. Joe’s Hall in Chickasha on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at 3 p.m. for friends and family to share their stories.

We will miss Almina’s smile, her unending generosity, plus her loving care and friendship.