Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Harry Maisch Iii, Nursing Home Administrator

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Harry Maisch Iii, Nursing Home Administrator

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Harry Maisch III held dear the values instilled in him as an Eagle Scout.

Community service, for one. As a 22-year-old fresh out of Fairleigh Dickinson University, he won election to the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council.

"Harry had that helpful attitude as a boy," his mother, Audrey Maisch, said. "That's the type of person he was -- willing and ready to help with everything. I can't remember anything he ever did that I wasn't proud of."

Little wonder that Mr. Maisch chose a career that reflected his caring nature: nursing home administration.

Eight months ago, after two decades at Bergen County Health Care Center in Rockleigh, he became administrator of Holland Christian Home in North Haledon. He oversaw day-to-day operation of the home, which has 150 residents.

"Whether he was helping put together a desk in the activity room or picking up poinsettias for the residents, Harry went the extra mile," said the home's spiritual director, Eric Fluit. "When he saw a need, he jumped right in. Nothing was beneath him."

At the noontime meal on New Year's Day, the executive director, Carol Moore, stood before the residents and broke terrible news. Mr. Maisch, 52, had died of a heart attack the night before.

"It was an unbelievable shock," said Lenora Malefyt, 84. "There was an overwhelming hush and then a sigh, and then the tears. Harry was new to our home and we're close-knit here, and we came to know his warmth and caring. He had a serving heart."

Malefyt said that as she internalized the news, "the first thing that struck me was that Harry was younger than all of my children. How could that be?"

Fluit said residents have sought him out to share their feelings about Mr. Maisch's death.

"We have residents who have said goodbye to their own children, so their hearts certainly go out to Harry's parents and in-laws," he said. …

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