Rev. Daniel W. Haase, 96, longtime Methodist minister

December 21, 2003

The Rev. Daniel W. Haase, a Methodist minister who served at a number of churches in the Baltimore area, died in his sleep Dec. 14 at the Mariner Nursing Home in Baltimore. He was 96.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he graduated from Polytechnic Institute in the 1920s. After high school, he worked as a mechanic at several companies before taking a job at A&P Bakery, where he worked for 25 years. He became an engineer in the A&P warehouse before retiring. He took courses at the Johns Hopkins University while at the bakery and received several trade certificates.

Shortly after leaving the bakery, Mr. Haase, who had long been a devout Methodist, began studying to enter the ministry. He became a minister in 1955 and served first at Baltimore's Church for the Deaf. Over the next 30 years, he conducted services at almost a dozen churches in the area.

Away from church, he enjoyed growing produce at his home in Overlea. He also played piano, though he never learned to read music.

Services were held Friday.

Mr. Haase was married for 62 years to the former Elizabeth T. Andersen, until her death.

He is survived by a son, Andrew Haase of Baltimore; two daughters, Elizabeth Gillespie and Danielle McHugh, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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