My Mother, Marianne Sophie Rechten, was born on March 17, 1934, in Bassen, Germany. Her parents, Hinerich Rechten, was born July 31, 1910 in Basseu, Germany. Anne Stegenieyer was born on October 24, 1912 in Basseu, Germany. They were married on September 1, 1933 in Basseu.
My Father, Hans Ernst Maass, was born on August 10, 1931. His parents, Heinerich Maass from Verden, Germany and Mathilde Wittig from Bremen, Germany.
My parents were married on June 11, 1955, at the Wells United Church, in Wells, British Columbia.
To make all this happen, my father, Hans, immigrated to Canada in 1952 with a promise to bring my mother, Marianne, over when he was settled. When my father arrived in Canada, he had a choice to work as a logger or miner. He tried logging in Northern Ontario but found the heat and bugs in the bush was too much. When he heard about mining jobs in British Columbia, he decided to headed out there.
March 1955 my father made the arrangements for my mother to join him in Canada.