Maxine Harriet (Miller) Galvach

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Maxine Harriet (Miller) Galvach St. Johns Maxine Galvach passed away May 3, 2012 at the North Star Adult Foster Care Home. Maxine was born to Carlton and Augusta (Kohagan) Miller on the kitchen table at the Willow Dairy Farm, North of Pewamo, Michigan on September 11, 1919. She always told us "she beat the doctor". Maxine loved growing up on the farm with her sister Katie and little brother Dick and she enjoyed sharing many stories about those years. Maxine attended grade schools in Ionia and St. Johns, and "her mother even cut down her own coat one winter so that Maxine could have a warm coat to wear to school". She graduated from Rodney B. Wilson High School in St. Johns in 1938. Maxine married Michael Galvach June 3, 1939, after driving to Indiana in an "old Model T Ford with overheating engine problems because there was no 3 day waiting period in Indiana". In 1942 Maxine followed Mike to Camp Blanding, Florida for his Army basic training, while she worked in the base hospital as an aide. When Mike was shipped to North Africa in WWII, Maxine headed back to Michigan to join her family and friends, writing letters to Mike and praying for peace and his safe return. Maxine worked for both Sealed Power and Federal Mogul in St. Johns while raising two children, Michael Bruce born in 1950, and Marcia Elizabeth born in 1952. Maxine was preceded in death by both her parents, and her husband Mike on April 17, 1993. Surviving are her son Michael Galvach of Germantown, Ohio, and daughter Marcia (Paul) Droege of Wadesville, Indiana; sister Katherine (Don) Salters of Lansing, Michigan and brother Richard (Marilyn) Miller of St. Johns; three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, all much loved. The funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at the St. John's Lutheran Church 511 E. Sturgis St. There will be visitation 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or the . The family is being served by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home St. Johns, MI 48879, (989) 224-4422.

Published in Lansing State Journal from May 7 to May 13, 2012
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