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Date of Passing: Aug 29, 2012

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MAARA HAAS With the moon's blind eye upon me, I think: nothing more can be said, now I have said it. Hannibal, Napoleon, Lady Macbeth, are puffed-up dwarfs, where I, a cossack stallion, ride, battalions of words and swords to conquer. How will the poets of the world, witnessing, withstand the lava of my fire, diminishing to dust, their voluble cannons? And I, with my long tongue unrolling, a persian carpet, carpet the earth like a church, recalling the wonder and devotion, of dazzled multitudes. Writing at Night, On Stage with Maara Haas. Maara went peacefully with her family by her side, August 29, 2012, she was 92. Maara is survived by her sister Jean, son and caregiver Lloyd, grandson Kurt (Deborah), and great-granddaughter Merine. She is predeceased by her husband Archie and her daughter Elaine (Lani). Writer, teacher, radio performer, narrator, actress, storyteller, Maara wore many wigs, purses and earrings in her flare to be dynamic and sensational. Maara's writing career started at 15 when she was awarded first prize, a Laura Secord Award, presented by the Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire for her essay entitled, Let No Man Dare to Call Me Foreigner. For many of her teen years, she worked with her sister in her father's drugstore. This was the inspiration for her first novel, The Street Where I Live (1976), which embraced her father's life as a Ukrainian immigrant coming to Canada. Maara's literary work was published in The Canadian Review of Literature, The Indian Record, The Washington Post and The Canadian Dimension. Maara enjoyed speaking on her writing tours and made special appearances in schools to teach creative writing classes/workshops. Maara was a national board member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, a representative for the Status of Women, and an honorary member of the Canadian Women's Institute representing rural women in Manitoba. Maara was a graduate of journalism from the University of Berkeley, California, and a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Free Academy of Arts and Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine, for her work in translation. Maara's second book, On Stage with Maara Haas (1986), was comprised of short stories and poems. It was also narrated on cassette tape. Maara made contributions to the National Film Board of Canada with narration, in one such independent animation Blowhard (1978). Her baritone voice was a joy to be heard on CBC Radio: The Hair Pin Story in Passing Parade; Box Cars and The Green-Roses Kerchief and 12 episodes of In Search of Multicultural Women in Identities; The Year of the Drought in Manitoba Short Stories; and a Western Living interview about her adventures through the Northwest Territories. Maara also performed at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and had a film role in a CTV production, Gentle Sinners (1983). After the passing of her daughter Lani in 1986 from breast cancer, Maara wrote Why Isn't Everybody Dancing (1990). Based on the slavery in Bermuda, this book also expressed grieving for her loss of her daughter. In her later years, Maara spent her time going on trips to the United States and frequenting the Salisbury House on Henderson Highway with her son Lloyd. Every day, she would put on her makeup and be ready for the world. Maara loved to shop and spent her twilight hours watching black and white classic movies. She also indulged in dark chocolates, Moore's menthol cigarettes and Bermuda dark rum, the Planter's Punch was her favourite. Maara cared deeply for nature and dedicated her backyard to being a wildlife sanctuary for small animals and birds. In lieu of flowers, please give donations in Maara's name to the Winnipeg Humane Society. Thank you to the staff of the St. Boniface Hospital for her final care.
Publish Date: Sep 15, 2012

MAARA HAAS Peacefully on August 29, 2012, at St. Boniface Hospital, Maara Haas passed away at the age of 92 years. Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. 782-3541
Publish Date: Sep 1, 2012

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 15, 2012

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I met Maara many years ago at a writer's conference, and we hit it off and hung out together. It was a brief passing in the night but I will never forget her - she was like a big beautiful butterfly, with a brilliance that shone through her personality and her work. - Posted by: Joan Hall Hovey (friend and colleague) on: Sep 16, 2013

  • Anyone who met or spent any time with Maara, will have an indelibly etched memory of her. I certainly have from the first time that we met, at the Identifications: Ethnicity and the Writer Conference, held at the University of Alberta in 1979. May her flaming red hair burn brightly for eternity! - Posted by: Jars Balan (Acquaintance) on: Sep 19, 2012

  • What a grand dame of letters, who graced the set of my Winnipeg Today television show so many years ago. She will be missed. - Posted by: Christopher Guly () on: Sep 13, 2012

  • This colourful Manitoba writer, known to readers alternately as Myra Lazeczko/Lazechko or Maara Haas has brought her environment to her works & interested me for many years. Thank you dear lady. - Posted by: Linda Strange formerly Yerex (fan) on: Sep 08, 2012

  • I several readings byy Marra including one at the national Arts Centre organized by my late husband Walter Zyla. The place was packed; she was amusing. Best, she reflected us, the Ukrainian Canadians, to ourselves when few did. Thank you. - Posted by: oksana bashuk hepburn (reader) on: Sep 07, 2012

  • I have lost a cherished friend and mentor. Although Maara's time with us is at an end, her voice shall live on in the treasure chest she has left behind. - Posted by: Garfield McRae (Friend) on: Sep 03, 2012

  • Met Maar and many poetry readings and found that she was a very interesting lady. Too bad that our days are numbered and meetings become fewer as we all age. Sleep peacefully Maar and God be with you. - Posted by: Frances Kasper (Poet and Friend from Canadian Authors Association) on: Sep 01, 2012

  • Red Flaming Hair, is a memory of Maara I will always hold. She was a Dear Friend to my Mother Helen and a person who brought Life to gatherings. She will be missed. - Posted by: Helene Podolecki (Friend) on: Sep 01, 2012

  • She was a great teacher! The creative writing classes that I was privileged to attend were the classes that I remember the best. She was unique, and I treasured her insight. I wrote notes, and notes, and notes about her writing advice. - Posted by: Lisa Meldrum (Student) on: Sep 01, 2012

  • I wanted to pay tribute to a lady I have never met, but whose wonderful stories struck a chord in my heart. Her consumate storytelling and keen observation of those around her have made a valuable contribution to the history of Winnipeg. - Posted by: Victor Epp (none) on: Sep 01, 2012

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