MAXINE J. OLSEN LANSING, IL Maxine J. Olsen (nee Jeschke), age 78, of Lansing, IL, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 21, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Don; six children: Joan (Fred) Chapman, Butch (Marilyn) Kooy, Marlene (Roy) Thompson, Don Jr. (Marilyn) Olsen, Shirley (Tom) Stark and Dawn (David) Wester; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Maxine also had many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents: Max and Lunda Jeschke; sister, Imogene Altenbach; and great grandson, Tristan. Maxine grew up on the East side of Chicago and retired from Republic Steel after 30 years of service. She was a lifetime member of St. Petri United Church of Christ and served on the church council for several years. Maxine loved the children at St. Petri and was involved as a teacher and superintendent of Sunday school there for over 50 years. She was an active member of the Lansing Historical Society and presently was serving as membership chairman. Maxine was a loving friend, aunt, mother and grandmother. She loved to travel. She visited many of the great sights around the world, but took equal pleasure in seeing an "off the beaten path" round barn, covered bridge or lighthouse. Maxine had many loved family members in Gobles, MI with whom she spent countless joyful hours at Brandywine Lake. She took great pleasure in making everyone in her family feel loved and special in unique and creative ways - too numerable to mention. She was quick to make friends and enjoyed their fellowship, whether it was someone new or her longtime buddies with whom she played bunco for 50 years. Maxine was a sports fan - bowling and golfing in her youth, and rooting for any family member playing soccer, football, basketball or baseball later in her life. When it came to baseball, the White Sox were her lifelong favorites. One of her hobbies was collecting keys. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 25, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Petri Church, 103rd and Avenue "L", Chicago, IL with Pastor Robert L. Hempel officiating. Burial will be in Gobles, MI. Visitation will be Sunday, August 24, 2008 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Schroeder-Lauer Funeral Home, 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Lansing Historical Society or the charity of your choice.
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Published in The Times from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2008